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An estimated 10,000 people, including many children, attended a candlelit vigil in Sydney to show support for refugees. Richard Ashen/AAP

Abbott juggles the political pressures on Syrian refugees

Tony Abbott is wedged between the hard right in the Coalition and commentariat on the one hand, and Liberal moderates, compassionate conservatives and pragmatists on the other, as the government considers…
A global approach would significantly increase the burden-sharing between the refugee-hosting countries near Syria and the rest of the developed world. Reuters/Stoyan Nenov

Only a global response can solve Europe’s refugee crisis

The size of the refugee crisis stemming from the conflict in Syria means that no single country can deal with it alone.
Tony Abbott told parliament that Australia ‘can and must do more’ for refugees displaced by the Syrian crisis. Lukas Coch/AAP

Heat on Abbott to expand overall refugee intake in Syrian response

The Abbott government is under pressure to increase its overall humanitarian refugee intake, as Labor declared Australia should offer a one-off additional 10,000 places for refugees.
Most Asia-Pacific governments are more focused on preventing irregular movement of asylum seekers and refugees than addressing the underlying causes of such movement. UNHCR/S.H. Omi

How civil society can improve refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific

In many regional countries there are civil society organisations attempting to fill the protection gap for refugees through service provision, advocacy, or both.
Labor, like the Coalition, would retain the offshore processing framework and the option of turning back asylum-seeker boats. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Spot the difference: Labor vs the Coalition on asylum seekers

Following the Labor conference's decision to leave open the option of turning back asylum seeker boats, are there any differences left between Labor’s asylum policies and the Coalition’s?

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