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Refugees or migrants? When it comes to children who cross international borders without papers, there’s no easy answer. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Refugee or migrant? Sometimes the line is blurred

There are refugees, there are migrants and then there are the millions of people who live in legal limbo because they defy easy categorisation. But everyone is just looking for a place to call home.
Businessman Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola are strong advocates of anti-slavery measures. AAP/Alan Porritt

Should Australia have a Modern Slavery Act?

Any proposed solution to the problem of modern slavery must engage with the business community and government policies on migration and migrant labour.
Environmental destruction is a negative externality to be isolated and managed. Here, Native Americans at Standing Rock defend sacred land from a proposed oil pipeline. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Globalisation isn’t dead, it’s just shed its slick cover story

Today's ugly politics are not a backlash against global capitalism, they're an open embrace of the racism and greed that has always underpinned so-called global governance.
Australia’s population is highly concentrated in a few cities, so once centres like Newcastle have absorbed the spill-over from high-cost capitals, where will the talent go? City of Newcastle/AAP

From ‘white flight’ to ‘bright flight’ – the looming risk for our growing cities

Australia has few places to capture the spill-over of talented workers priced out of the big cities. Some may leave the country altogether – and where talent goes, capital flows.
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Global compact on migration should focus on harnessing its win-win benefits

In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.

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