The Coalition government had hoped that news of the boat would support its claim a Labor government would encourage the people smuggler trade, which would in turn sway some voters at the last moment.
Australia’s offshore detention policies have helped to produce indifference to the suffering of refugees. Pushing refugees out of sight, and out of mind, has now placed them beyond moral concern.
Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel (left) and Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta (right) sign a deal on April 14, 2022, that would send some asylum-seekers in the U.K. thousands of miles away to Rwanda.
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The prevailing narrative around migrant smuggling has clouded the public’s understanding of the issue by obfuscating the role smuggling plays in helping refugees gain asylum.
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Our study found that overall, most people just aren’t motivated to take political action against Australia’s refugee policies – even if they strongly dislike them.
At last 50 people from Central and South America were found dead inside a vehicle in San Antonio, Texas, on June 27.
Migrant deaths are inevitable thanks to the lack of a coherent policy between the US and Mexico.
A Colombo resident searches for fuel amid the economic crisis.
As authorities desperately seek aid, the Sri Lankan crisis continues.
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Our report sets out practical reforms that can be implemented relatively simply, within existing legislative provisions and with only minimal changes to policy and regulations.
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The Albanese government has launched a concerted effort to nip in the bud a threatened resumption of the people smuggling trade, with a visit by Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil to Sri Lanka and a $50…
Beyond allowing one family to go ‘home to Bilo’, what else we can expect the new Labor government will do about thousands more asylum seekers and refugees?
South Sudanese children play at a refugee camp in northern Uganda.
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Refugee law puts humanitarianism above considerations of state sovereignty.
Day one of the lockdown in South Africa on 27 March 2020 found some 100 African refugees living on a sidewalk in Cape Town.
South Africa does not put refugees in camps. So, the government is responsible for their protection and well-being. Its performance was hit-and-miss.
Taking on the UK’s migration management is of short-term benefit to Rwanda, a country facing considerable economic hardship.
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Richer nations are increasingly looking to offshore their immigration processing and further their own economic and political interests at the same time.
A group of migrants are guided up the beach after being brought into Kent on a lifeboat.
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The choice of Rwanda has a logic about it. But it’s also controversial.
Ukrainian refugees board transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland on April 7, 2022.
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Poland has an opportunity to emerge from this refugee crisis a more united, more accepting and economically strong society, but first they need to have tough conversations about immigration.
Offshore processing is a failed policy that continues to haemorrhage cash, destroy lives and erode the international system for refugee protection.
Asylum seekers in Australia who arrived by boat mainly hold temporary visas. If they want to attend university, they have to pay international fees.
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The tennis star’s short stay in the Park hotel is a far cry from the years many refugees spend waiting for action.
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The use of scientific processes would be a huge improvement on the UK’s current methods for assessing the age of asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea in 2014.
The mounting urgency about asylum seekers trying to reach the UK by boat does not sweep aside the need for reasoned and rational policymaking.