Research and Reports

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.

Refugee Council of Australia 

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.

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.


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