Diplomats and officials from 17 countries met in Bangkok in May 2015 to discuss how to deal with the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees.
Plans for more robust architecture on forced migration need to be more advanced. Countries in our region must not rest on their laurels.
Regional leaders must continue to take concrete steps to avoid a repeat of the 2015 Andaman Sea refugee crisis.
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The region is showing signs it is determined to ensure similar mass displacement crises such as that which took place in the Andaman Sea in 2015 are avoided.
There is little evidence that support for multiculturalism is directly tied to support for particular levels of immigration.
Senior politicians slurring the reputation of immigrants does more to erode support for multiculturalism than do uncontrolled borders.
The Labor Party has been driving a campaign bus from Cairns to Canberra. On Sunday night Sam Dastyari told supporters they had raised enough money to extend its journey through to Melbourne.
Malcolm Turnbull’s Howard-not-so-lite approach will upset many in the migrant community, and in the so-called ‘doctors’ wives' areas.
Anticipation is core business for political strategists. Last year Bill Shorten and those around him correctly judged Labor was electorally exposed on border protection.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's incendiary remarks about refugees may resonate electorally. But, as Michelle Grattan explains, they will also come at a cost.
A review of studies examining the economic impact of refugees in Australia found no evidence they impose a net cost in the long term.
Successful responses to the global refugee crisis will be those that recognise and build upon displaced people’s skills, capacities and aspirations.
In some quarters Peter Dutton’s outburst, which was quickly challenged on points of fact, will resonate politically.
If Malcolm Turnbull is returned he should tip Peter Dutton out of the immigration portfolio when he chooses his new ministry. Dutton’s Tuesday comments, when targeting the Greens’ proposal for a big increase…
Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
Australia’s arrangements with Papua New Guinea and Nauru have not secured sustainable, durable solutions for those asylum seekers found to be refugees.
Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But public opinion on asylum seekers is not so clear-cut. And nor are the policy alternatives.
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Detainees on Manus Island are seeking an injunction to prevent their removal to Nauru or elsewhere until Australia’s High Court hears their case.
If a new High Court claim against Australia's offshore detention regime succeeds, it will entirely undermine Australia’s inhumane practices in relation to “those who come across the seas”.
In parliament on Wednesday, the Greens' Adam Bandt challenged Peter Dutton with a highly provocative question.
It is hard to credit that two asylum seekers in Nauru could set themselves alight on Australia’s watch and the stories receive, compared to much else, so little attention in our hyper media cycle. One…
Peter Dutton claims the self-immolations of two refugees on Nauru are ‘not a complaint about the living conditions’ in detention.
High rates of self-harm are endemic on Nauru. And yet, the Australian government persists in seeing suicide and self-harm as the fault of refugees and their supporters.
Geography matters. Whether countries are rich or poor or safe or vulnerable still has more to do with physical geography than we usually acknowledge. Even in age that is routinely described as “global…
The move by PNG's Supreme Court to strike down the continued detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island carries danger for both the government and Labor.
Malcolm Turnbull says ‘we cannot be misty-eyed’ on border protection.
It is a shocking truth that, for the most part, the politicians are leaving their humanity at home as they debate the future of the men on Manus Island.
There are no real alternatives for resettling the refugees on Manus Island elsewhere in the region.
The Australian government must face the uncomfortable truth that it is no longer possible to process or detain asylum seekers and refugees in other countries in our region.
Malcolm Turnbull greeting builders a site near Brisbane on Wednesday, where he launched a pilot scheme to get more women into construction.
Malcolm Turnbull’s nose was out of joint when Tony Abbott said last month the Turnbull government would be running at the election on the Abbott government’s record. Turnbull insisted that while there…
The detention of people transferred from Australia has no valid basis in PNG law.
A PNG Supreme Court judgment is likely to have profound implications for Australia’s offshore processing regime in that country.