There is a large amount of research and study being undertaken on the global situation surrounding refugees and asylum seekers and broader human rights issues. Much of this information is independent, without political or media influence. Sadly, there is also an increasing amount of misinformation circulating in the media and by some politicians. This page is for those who are interested in human rights issues and who want to keep up with the facts.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
For over 65 years, the UNHCR has been protecting the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world and regularly produces reports and updates. It publishes an excellent annual report called Global Trends containing all the latest facts.
- Global Trends 2020 mid-year report
- Global Trends 2019 report
- Global Trends 2018 report
- Global Trends 2017 report
- Global Trends 2016 report
- Global Trends 2015 report
A non-profit, non-government organisation, the Refugee Council of Australia is the national umbrella body for refugees as well as the organisations and individuals who support them.
- State of the Nation 2017: Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia
- Australia’s response to a World In Crisis, March 2016
- Barriers to Education for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees on Temporary Visas, March 2015
Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of NSW is the world’s first research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. It was established thanks to the generosity of Andrew Kaldor AM and Renata Kaldor AO, who were motivated by their deep concern about Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
Centre for Human Rights Education
The Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University, is an inter and multi-disciplinary centre for local, national and academic research, postgraduate teaching, critical scholarship and advocacy on human rights. Since 2003 the Centre has become well known for its commitment to understanding, analysing, promoting and responding to contemporary human rights issues and challenges. I recommend the centre’s work to anyone interested in this area, particularly that of Dr Caroline Fleay, Dr Linda Briskman and Dr Lisa Hartly on refugee and asylum seekers.
- The Inaugural Human Rights Lecture given by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, was on the topic Re-imagining Australia: Human Rights for everyone.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. They believe that all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential, to the benefit of a better world. Their work is highly significant in this era of so many unaccompanied children fleeing their homes in search of safety.
- A child is a child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation. Among the millions of children on the move worldwide, many – including hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied children and adolescents – undertake dangerous journeys. This report shows how the lack of safe and legal pathways for refugee and migrant children feeds a booming market for human smuggling and puts them at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation.
Other reports and interesting articles
- The world faces a pandemic of human rights abuses – article by António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, February 2021
- Recognising Australia’s Ancient Wisdom – article by Refugee Council of Australia, January 2021
- Australia’s 2020 Periodic Review by the UNHRC – report by Refugee Council of Australia, January 2021
- Covid has moved us to understand the need for more ‘we’ and less ‘I’ – article by Tim Costello, December 2020
- Crossfire and COVID-19: Double crisis for displaced citizens – report by Norwegian Refugee Council, May 2020
- Catalyst Youth Summit Report 2017
- Catalyst Youth Summit Report – Early in 2016 YACWA was involved in the Catalyst Youth Summit, a unique event that provided sixty young multicultural Western Australians the opportunity to build relationships, hone their leaderships skills, speak directly with politicians and work together to develop solutions to issues that face their peers. This report shares the major findings from the summit.