Right of asylum

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Report

Offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea: procurement of garrison support and welfare services

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) management of procurement activity for garrison support and welfare services at the offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island) has fallen well short of effective procurement practice. This audit has identified serious and...
Commentary

Germany, one year on

Anniversaries are opportunities for reflection and re-evaluation. In recent weeks, news media around the world have commemorated and reassessed the events of late August and early September 2015 that led to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers, and their initially...
Audio interview

Investing in refugees would reap economic benefits: Philippe Legrain

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has received a blow to her open borders policy towards migrants and refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria. On the weekend, her ruling CDU party was out-voted by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party at local elections in the north-east of...
Report

Reforming the international protection regime: responsibilities, roles and policy options for Australia

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Nonresident Fellow in the Migration and Border Policy Project Dr Khalid Koser argues that the international protection regime is failing and Australia has a responsibility to help fix it. Koser defines how promoting reform, at the domestic, regional and global...
Policy

Academics for Refugees policy paper: a just and humane approach for refugees

The Policy Paper recommends that Australia end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum. The Policy Paper sets out practical and sound measures to be considered by the Australian government in order to adopt a just...
Commentary

Cast adrift: Australia risks its international standing over asylum-seeker policies

The ‘Nauru files,’ which detail reports of abuse in Australia’s asylum-seeker detention centre on Nauru, have received global attention since their release. They should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess the longstanding policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers before more serious...
Audio interview

Dutton's response to the Nauru files 'morally unacceptable' says mental health expert

On Wednesday, The Guardian released a slew of disturbing new examples of sexual abuse, self harm and appalling living conditions at Australia's immigration detention facility on Nauru. It's the largest ever cache of leaked documents from the island facility, with more than 2,000 incident reports...
Audio interview

Gillian Triggs says keeping asylum seekers on Nauru is 'illegal', 'immoral' and 'unsustainable'

The Turnbull Government is facing mounting calls for a Royal Commission into immigration detention on Nauru. It follows the mass leak of more than 2,000 incident reports detailing assaults, sexual abuse and self harm attempts—more than half of which involve children. The Immigration Department says...
Audio podcast

Refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia

In this podcast episode Kate interviews Trish Cameron, Legal Aid Coordinator at Suaka, an Indonesia-based network that works for refugee rights protection in the country. While global focus has been on the refugee crisis in Europe, it is important to remember that Indonesia and Asia...
Report

The resettlement of refugees in Australia: a bibliography

Since the end of the Second World War, Australia has formally resettled over 800,000 refugees. Their settlement has been the subject of a significant amount of research. This bibliography lists a total of 1451 postgraduate theses, books, book chapters, journal articles and reports, including 644...
Report

The regional impacts of Australian asylum seeker policies: what "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum

To date, relatively little attention has been given to the experience of people seeking asylum being 'warehoused' in our region. While the policies of the country in which they are residing also impact on their experiences, it is clear from researchers, non-government organisations (NGOs) that...
Commentary

What’s next for asylum seekers under a re-elected Turnbull government?

Dealing with refugee flows requires sophisticated policies that reflect both domestic and international realities. These realities include Australia’s status as a sovereign nation that wishes to protect its borders, but also as a country operating in a highly globalised world. That world is experiencing situations...
Statistics

Polling brief - asylum seeker policy

Overview The Australia Institute commissioned polling on a number of issues relating to refugee issues. In brief: - 61% said that Australia should accept New Zealand’s offer to take 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. This included 58% of Coalition voters and 62% of...
Briefing paper

Australia’s offshore processing regime

Offshore processing (referred to by the Australian Government as “regional processing”) is the term used to describe the arrangements by which Australia sends people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to either Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where their refugee...
Report

Global trends: forced displacement in 2015

Wars and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since UNHCR records began, according to this report.
Audio podcast

LGBTI refugees in the Asia-Pacific

Overview This podcast episode features an interview with Jaz Dawson, a director of the Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation. It discusses an aspect of refugee policy that doesn’t get much media attention: the experiences of asylum seekers trying to escape persecution for being lesbian, gay...
Report

Protection denied, abuse condoned: women on Nauru at risk

This report draws together the evidence from multiple reports on the resettlement policy as well as the intimate stories of women living in fear on Nauru, where neither the local police nor some of the commercial agencies charged with protecting them have shown much desire...
Policy

A better way

The number of people seeking asylum worldwide is at crisis levels as war and persecution force more people to leave their homes than ever before. The current approach by the Australian government, including turning boats back to Indonesia and detaining people in cruel camps on...
Policy

Immigration – regional and global efforts

The forced displacement of people around the globe is currently at unprecedented levels. By the close of 2015 an estimated 60 million individuals were forcibly displaced globally by persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations. This is equivalent to one person in every 122 on...
Policy

Humane processing of asylum seekers

Australia’s system for responding to asylum seekers is cruel, dangerous and inefficient. It costs the country over $4 billion per year and takes an untold toll on the psychological and physical health of a group of people most in need of safety and support. The...