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.
There are some 600 asylum seekers on Nauru still to be processed.
Nauru has announced that its detention facility has become an “open centre” and all refugee claims will be processed within a week.
Julian Burnside at a hearing during the Tampa case in 2001.
By our response to boat people since August 2001, we may have redefined our national character.
A boat used by Indonesian people smugglers in Rote island.
East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Police/AAP
Malcolm Turnbull confronts a classic “wicked problem” in how to deal with the nearly 1600 asylum seekers who are stuck in terrible conditions on Nauru and Manus Island. A “wicked problem” is one that is…
Dover is taking more than its fair share.
How FOI requests revealed the massive burden on two local authorities, and how to end the damaging effects on children.
Are some countries more compassionate than others when it comes to taking in the victims of conflict and chaos? To judge from the numbers, one might be forgiven for thinking so. Of the four million registered…
Prime ministers Gough Whitlam and Michael Somare at the Papua New Guinea independence ceremony in September 1975.
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Australian colonial rule and its legacy tend to be neglected, but as Papua New Guinea marks 40 years of independence the nation is still living with the consequences.
Refugees are escorted to especially chartered trains after they arrived at the main train station in Munich.
How asylum seekers became political pawns in Germany's foreign policy agenda.
Many features of Australians’ and their government’s current response to the Syrian refugee crisis are familiar.
We need to see Australia's response to the Syrian refugee crisis in perspective – in relation to what's been done elsewhere and to what Australia has done on similar occasions in the past.
Australia will permanently resettle an additional 12,000 refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.
There is no sound reason why 13,000 should remain the benchmark number for discussions of how many refugees Australia should take.
The current influx of asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants into Western Europe presents a profound challenge to the European Union’s values, solidarity and capacity to simply manage and accommodate…
The Abbott government’s instinct on foreign policy is to approach it through the lens of domestic politics.
The pressure the Abbott government faced over the Syrian refugee crisis hints at a broader trend. Global political dynamics are now exposing a credibility deficit in Australian foreign policy.
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.
An estimated 10,000 people, including many children, attended a candlelit vigil in Sydney to show support for 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…
Tony Abbott said Australia takes more refugees on a per capita basis than any other country.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that Australia takes more refugees than any other through the UNHCR on a per capita basis. Is that right?
A global approach would significantly increase the burden-sharing between the refugee-hosting countries near Syria and the rest of the developed world.
The size of the refugee crisis stemming from the conflict in Syria means that no single country can deal with it alone.
What Tony Abbott himself claims as his government’s achievements are all reversals of previous policies.
So far, Tony Abbott has failed to position himself as anything more than an opposition leader who has been given power and is unsure what to do with it.
A Senate committee report has revealed damning allegations of abuse in the offshore processing centre on Nauru.
Offshore detention facilities exist precisely to allow Australia to do things abroad that it could not do at home.