Australia should not wait until bodies are washed up on foreign beaches before it is spurred to action on addressing refugee flows.
Australia should not reserve its help for those fleeing conflict in distant wars. Its first duty should be to those who face death and persecution in its own region.
Burmese Buddhist monks protest against an influx of Rohingya migrants by boat.
With parliamentary elections looming, the ethnic hatred let loose by Burma's transition to democracy are running out of control.
Indonesia’s capacity to help Rohingya and other asylum seekers is finite and already stretched.
Allegations that people smugglers were paid by Australian officials to return to Indonesia should not distract from the search to find a workable solution to the region's asylum seeker problem.
Rohinga people face triple discrimination.
ASEAN stood on the sidelines as thousands of refugees were stranded at sea, but it should apply its policy of constructive engagement to ending the persecution that drives Rohingya people out of Myanmar.
Myanmar has carried out discriminatory policies against the Rohingya for decades.
Despite international pressure, Myanmar’s government intends to continue the decades-long program of discriminatory policies against the Rohingya that denies them their human rights.
Governments and international organisations should find an effective solution for the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Representatives meeting to discuss South-East Asia's migrant crisis may learn from the previous refugee crisis that hit the region during the Indochina war.
These Rohingya women and children, rescued by fishermen in Aceh, are among thousands in need of resettlement.
A summit in Bangkok is discussing the fate of thousands of people who were stranded at sea. Australia is represented but refuses to resettle any refugees, casting doubt on its commitment to a regional solution.
A boat carrying 450 people from Myanmar and Bangladesh is inspected by Thai Navy officers in the Andaman Sea.
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The political rhetoric would suggest that asylum seekers are deserving and economic migrants are undeserving. Yet their motivations overlap and are complex – forced migrants do not fit easily into one category.
Under enormous pressure, countries in south east Asia are at last offering help to thousands of stranded migrants – but their gesture is far less meaningful than it seems.
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar travelled in this fishing boat to Sumatra, Indonesia, with officials announcing some 2000 people were rounded up or rescued after arriving in Malaysia and Indonesia over the weekend.
Australia may have 'stopped the boats' but the tragedy of people drowning at sea continues to our north and is getting worse. A regional solution to the refugee crisis is urgently needed.