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.
Where did it all go wrong?
Africa's youngest country has been at war for 18 months, and its people are paying the price. Its neighbours and supporters aren't happy.
Migrants reaching out for help.
The UK's response to the migrant crisis is legal, but it's also immoral.
The EU is asking member states to take just a few thousand refugees each.
How Europe's resettlement plan breaks down in numbers.
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.
The great Australian success story of Frank Lowy and many others like him would not have happened had Australia not accepted penniless refugees.
The problem with auctioning immigration places is that it puts the focus on short-term revenue-raising, rather than immigration’s more important medium- to long-term nation-building role.
Most of the migrants desperately crossing the Mediterranean from Africa are refugees.
The migration of early Africans into the Middle East, then across the Mediterranean into Europe and Asia – and eventually into the Americas and Australia and the Pacific Islands – is the origin of today’s humanity.
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.
Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott are firm advocates of human rights when Australians are executed but not when asylum seekers are involved.
In condemning Indonesia's execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Australia has relied on the same human rights obligations that it rejects when applied to asylum seekers.
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.
There are an estimated 9m displaced people in Syria alone.
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This is not about people smuggling, it's about a displacement crisis of unprecedented proportions.
The EU needs to agree a concrete migration policy.
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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.
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.
African migrants in Misrata, Libya.
Whether they are migrants or refugees, people are needlessly dying by the boatload.
‘A dramatised event is no replacement for the horrors of what is really going on.’
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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?
Syrian refugees arrive in Hannover, Germany.
The data shows that most of us could afford to do more to shelter those fleeing from Syria's civil war.
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.
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.