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Sharing Responsibility for a World in Crisis

Colin Harvey 10th January 2017

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants met in New York on 19 September 2016. There were heightened expectations leading into this event, at a time when there is a global refugee crisis, and when human migration is less the exception and more the norm. Many suggest that the existing systems are broken, and there […]

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Banning Refugees From Australia: Not Targeting Those Preying On The Vulnerable – Just Preying On The Vulnerable

William Phillips 14th December 2016

As previously discussed on this blog here and here, since 2001, Australia has made concerted efforts to intercept all ‘unauthorised maritime arrivals’ (this being the choice phrasing for asylum seekers used in the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)) and transport them to detention centres outside of the Australian migration zone or in other states. What the […]

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Six months later: a reflection on what has changed since the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ordered an end to detention on Manus Island

Madeline Gleeson 26th October 2016

On 26 April 2016, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) ruled that the detention of asylum seeker and refugee men at the Manus Island ‘regional processing centre’ (MIRPC) was unconstitutional, illegal, and should end ‘forthwith’. Six months on, this post reflects on the Court’s order for both the Australian and PNG governments to […]

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