Survival capsule used by Australia to return asylum seekers from Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan to Indonesia.
What would it mean if the European Union decided to "get Australian" and adopt a tougher approach to asylum seekers? Could it work, and at what cost?
Your name’s not down.
Our immigration expert evaluates the manifestos of 16 political parties, to see how their policies on immigration stack up.
Foreign ministers Julie Bishop and Mohammad Zarif demonstrated a growing rapport between Australia and Iran in reaching agreement on some but not all fronts during her visit to Tehran.
Australia made progress on restoring trade and sharing intelligence on Islamic State in Iraq. Iran was less open to accepting the return of asylum seekers, which may prove a blessing in disguise.
More than 20 years ago, two American academics, Max Singer and Aaron Wildavsky, wrote about what they described as The Real World Order: Zones of Peace/Zones of Turmoil. As is the way with such things…
‘A dramatised event is no replacement for the horrors of what is really going on.’
AAP Image/NewZulu/Nicolas Koutsokostas
The government has announced its latest method to stop the boats: a telemovie with storylines about asylum seekers dying at sea. Is it really the role of government to fund propaganda pieces like this?
Labor leader Bill Shorten is set to confront several tricky issues at Labor’s national conference, later this year.
Bill Shorten has labelled this the year of ideas but obviously Labor would rather have the overwhelming attention on the Coalition for as long as possible.
Highly skilled migrant? Student? Refugee? You’d be welcome in Wales.
Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Plaid Cymru's immigration policies might be good for Wales, but don't square with the rest of the UK.
The constitutional status, rights and obligations of Australian citizens are by no means clear, despite recent legislative reforms.
Australia's Constitution contains few constitutional rights or protections, and most of those that do exist are not predicated on citizenship.
The capacity for compassion is with us from birth, but as a community we have lost sight of the value of treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.
A global movement aims to let compassion guide political and community life. This has obvious relevance for a competition-driven nation with a troubling capacity for harsh attitudes and policy.
Migrants making their way through Calais. Get to the UK, and they might face a tough language test.
Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Are tests to prove asylum seekers come from where they say they do impossible to do fairly?
UN bodies have consistently found that Australia does not abide by its international human rights obligations, particularly in its treatment of asylum seekers.
Australia’s breaches of international human rights law are increasingly coming to the UN's attention.
What we know of the harm that indefinite detention does to children underpins the case for partisan opposition to the policy.
We should never accept that a Human Rights Commission ought to be non-partisan or depoliticised. Without both, it would be incapable of doing its job.
Colours still clashing.
MyImages/Micha via Shutterstock
The UK is now a world leader on global gay rights – but when it comes to upholding them for asylum seekers, it's a very different matter.
The number of refugee deaths at sea is on the rise internationally.
AAP Image/Scott Fisher
It is broadly correct to say 1200 asylum seekers died at sea under Labor. Globally and in our region, however, more asylum seekers than ever are leaving their country by boat.
Pictures drawn by children detained on Christmas Island, given to the Australian Human Rights Commission as part of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014.
Australian Human Rights Commission Flickr Page
Children’s drawings are an accessible and compelling image of the mandatory detention of children in isolated camps. Is that why they carry so much weight in the media?
Deprivation and trauma and early childhood can affect the developing brain.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Many asylum seekers, including children, have experienced conflict, family separation and significant human rights violations. So how does immigration detention affect their mental health?
The bodies of the latest victims arrive in Italy.
Europe still hasn't figured out how to identify or help refugees.
A drawing by a six-year-old child detained at the Christmas Island detention centre.
The federal government has tabled the long-awaited Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report into children held in immigration detention. The report, which recommends a royal commission be held…
Protests in Australia over the potential execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will gain little traction in Indonesia.
It now seems almost inevitable that two Australians, drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, will soon be executed in Indonesia. If this does happen, there will be public protests in Australia…
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has so far continued in the ‘bad cop’, border protector image of his predecessor, Scott Morrison.
2014 was the year of triumphant press conferences at which the Abbott government affirmed its determination to “stop the boats” and outlined its success at doing so. However, 2015 is likely to be much…