Right of asylum

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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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
Policy

Protecting our borders (Nationals)

We have restored the integrity of Australia’s borders and have stopped the deaths at sea. The Coalition removed all children who arrived by boat from detention in Australia. In contrast, Labor detained more than 8,500 children over six years. Stopping the boats has also enabled...
Commentary

Why not New Zealand?

The Turnbull government says it won’t allow refugees to be resettled in New Zealand because it’s the “back door” to Australia. Its argument rests on a series of misconceptions Malcolm Turnbull sounded decidedly uncomfortable when Fran Kelly switched the topic to offshore detention at the...
Survey

South Australian, Indi and New England voters oppose current asylum seeker policy, support resettlement of refugees

This resource shows the statistics of a poll completed in the South Australian, Indi and New England seats on the current Australian asylum seeker policy. New state-wide ReachTEL polling in South Australia and in the seats of New England and Indi on refugee policy shows...
Commentary

Dealing with Mr Erdogan

The agreement hammered out in Brussels on Friday creates fresh uncertainty and renewed danger for refugees It would be easy to lose count of the European Council meetings convened in recent months to devise a concerted response to the arrival of refugees in Europe. Each...
Report

Special UMD report: Macedonia's involvement in the migrant crisis

The migrant crisis has had a significant effect both on the economic and social climate of Europe. Macedonia and the rest of south-eastern Europe have been particularly affected by the situation. While Macedonia is making every effort to address the crisis in a manner consistent...
Policy

A humane and compassionate approach to asylum seekers

According the UNHCR, the number of displaced people fleeing from war, conflict or persecution is the highest number since World War II. The forced displacement of persons around the globe is currently at unprecedented levels. By the close of 2014 an estimated 59.5 million individuals...