The task of identifying anyone fleeing a war zone, as many Syrians are, can be very challenging.
It beggars belief that there are people who have attached themselves to groups seeking to escape this barbarity. Their objectives are the very antithesis of those seeking sanctuary.
Australia’s policies on asylum seekers have been criticised by many countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council.
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Dallas Rogers speaks with Shanthi Robertson and Ien Ang about the role migrants, refugees and the border will play in Australia during the Asian century.
The second Universal Periodic Review of Australia took place under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council on November 9. Such reviews, which entail wide ranging scrutiny of a state’s human rights…
Australia’s response to its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council may be influenced by its bid for a seat on the council.
More than 100 countries have taken the opportunity to comment and make recommendations on Australia’s human rights record.
Young asylum seekers need stability... or the consequences can be longlasting
Amnesty International alleges breaches of law on transnational organised crime and human rights grounds in relation to Australia’s anti-people smuggling activities.
Amnesty International believes its evidence shows that Australia organised or directed the crew of an asylum seeker boat to commit the crime of people smuggling into Indonesia.
Harmony Day is part of efforts in Australia to promote social cohesion, which showed a marked improvement in 2015, according to the Scanlon Foundation survey.
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Despite perceptions of a divided and troubled nation, social cohesion in Australia actually improved on most measures in 2015, the latest Scanlon Foundation survey finds.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Abyan will be returning to Australia.
An Amnesty International investigation has found Australian officials may have paid money to the crew of a boat intercepted in July – the second such alleged incident.
Tony Abbott’s speech to conservatives in London overlooks the differences between Australia and Europe in the numbers of refugees.
Tony Abbott's initial post-prime ministerial public foray on the policy front has been narrow cast and hard line.
Mandiaye, a business economist from Senegal, who sought asylum in Germany.
Governments that want to get people 'off welfare and into work' should consider offering them the same employment support granted to other unemployed people.
A Yemeni girl holds a baby in a temporary shelter at the port town Bosasso in Somalia’s Puntland after fleeing war in Yemen.
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Although Africa is familiar with large-scale refugee crises, it is uncommon for it to host people seeking protection from outside the continent, as is the case with thousands of Yemeni refugees.
Peter Dutton has provided a starkly different account to what occurred during Abyan’s stay in Australia.
The appalling saga of the pregnant Somali woman known by the pseudonym of “Abyan” shows the urgent need for some neutral watchdog in such a situation to ensure the person’s interests are protected and…
A spokesman from the office of ALP senator Lisa Singh told The Conversation by email that: In seeking to illustrate how processing has slowed and refugee detainees are being made to languish for longer…
Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt (second from left) speaking with ALP senator Lisa Singh (back turned) on Q&A.
Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt and ALP senator Lisa Singh couldn't agree on Q&A about whether asylum seeking children "languished" in detention under the previous government. Who was right?
From Afar on a Hill seeks to dispel misconceptions around the numbers, circumstances, motivations and the actual mechanisms for acceptance of asylum seekers in Australia.
From Afar on a Hill is an immersive theatre work that provides insight into the lived experience of asylum seekers and lays bare the arbitrariness of Australia’s immigration policies.
The best way to ensure that children are not subjected to abuse in detention is to not have them in detention in the first place.
There are reasons to query whether, in practice, proposed legislation to protect Border Force employees who report child abuse in detention centres is necessary.
Very few of the millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have made it to European countries in the hope of resettlement.
Solving the refugee crisis depends on the extent to which the people of the world – in the Gulf, Europe, Australia or anywhere else – are willing to live up to their moral responsibilities.
East meets West: refugees cross from Turkey into Greece.
The refugee crisis that just arrived in Europe has been affecting Turkey for more than four years.
The Nauruan government’s announcements have already had a much greater effect in the High Court than on Nauru itself.
Many have claimed that the ending of detention on Nauru is a strategic move to undermine a constitutional challenge to Australia’s offshore detention regime, heard by the High Court this week.
Life on Nauru is not idyllic – particularly for asylum seekers.
The undeniable truth is that Nauru – whether inside or outside the confines of the detention camp – is a dangerous and soul-destroying place for both asylum seekers and refugees.