Recent history shows politicians should think twice before using refugees and asylum seekers for electoral gain.
A picture taken in the late 1970s shows a group of refugees (162 persons) who arrived on a small boat which sank a few meters from the shore in Malaysia.
Forty years ago, the Canadian government applied its new program for private sponsorship of refugees allowing Canada to welcome the largest number of Southeast Asian refugees in the world.
Front pages from Australian newspapers covering terrorist attacks on the United States.
The 2001 federal election was a watershed moment for Australian national security that has set a policy agenda for almost two decades.
Australia provides permanent protection to thousands of refugees every year.
The term 'genuine refugee' is thrown around often, yet few know the complicated process of how someone is deemed to be one.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s ‘Given the Chance’ program enables asylum seekers and refugees to demonstrate their skills and loyalty as employees.
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Seeking asylum from persecution is a right and people who do so are not "illegals" under the law. Yet refugees are portrayed in negative and threatening terms in Australia, while positive stories are ignored.
Sarah Hanson-Young talks about personal attacks on her, and paying people smugglers to turn their boats around.
Michelle Grattan talks to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about personal attacks on her, paying people smugglers to turn their boat around, gay marriage, and much more.
Rohinga people face triple discrimination.
ASEAN stood on the sidelines as thousands of refugees were stranded at sea, but it should apply its policy of constructive engagement to ending the persecution that drives Rohingya people out of Myanmar.
Under enormous pressure, countries in south east Asia are at last offering help to thousands of stranded migrants – but their gesture is far less meaningful than it seems.
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar travelled in this fishing boat to Sumatra, Indonesia, with officials announcing some 2000 people were rounded up or rescued after arriving in Malaysia and Indonesia over the weekend.
Australia may have 'stopped the boats' but the tragedy of people drowning at sea continues to our north and is getting worse. A regional solution to the refugee crisis is urgently needed.
Another day, another challenge for Operation Triton.
The EU has pledged to triple money to the search-and-rescue mission in the Mediterranean. But simply throwing money at the problem won't work.
Thousands of Eritreans are among migrants and refugees trying to escape to safety and a better life.
Post-independence Eritrea has descended into poverty and repression forcing huge numbers to flee to safety and a better life.
Enough is enough.
EPA/Jose Sena Goulão
It's absurd that Europe continues to blame migrants seeking a better life for their own fate.
A refugee displays an image of one of his three children who drowned when the boat on which the family fled the war in Syria sank in the Mediterranean.
Political leaders have a ready culprit in people smugglers for drownings at sea. The problem is that this ignores responsibility for eliminating all other options for these people to avoid harm.
Hundreds more migrants rescued as they flee violence and conflict in Africa.
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It remains to be seen whether the EU's narrow approach can prevent further deaths in the Mediterranean.
There are an estimated 9m displaced people in Syria alone.
EPA/Alessandro Di Meo
This is not about people smuggling, it's about a displacement crisis of unprecedented proportions.
Migrants arriving in Salerno.
Thanks to a lack of joined-up policy on refugees, the Mediterranean has become the world's most dangerous migrant destination.
The EU needs to agree a concrete migration policy.
EPA/Alessandro Di Meo
Mass migration from outside the EU has proved too hard a problem for the community to handle.
Only 28 bodies have been recovered from the tragedy, with 900 feared drowned.
The current situation in which thousands are dying is untenable. Here are some ideas.
Funeral of a Libya Dawn fighter in Tripoli.
There appears to be little chance of a negotiated solution to the chaos tearing the country apart.
African migrants in Misrata, Libya.
Whether they are migrants or refugees, people are needlessly dying by the boatload.