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Migration and Border Policy links: ASEAN fail, the Refuge fuss, SEZs and more

European and Australian approaches to border control, 'Refuge', trends in US H-1B visas and more.

Photo: Flickr/ASEAN Secretariat
Photo: Flickr/ASEAN Secretariat
Published 4 May 2017   Follow @rebuckland

  • At the 30th ASEAN Summit, member states were unable to reach consensus on the Declaration on the Promotion and Protection of Migrant Workers' Rights, despite lobbying from migrant-sending states Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection told Senate Estimates that it has spent an additional $22 million on the US refugee deal.
  • Writing for The Monthly, Klaus Neumann, Anne McNevin, Antje Missback, Damir Mitric and Savitri Taylor discuss the need for Australia to take a rights-based approach to asylum seekers.
  • Read the Kaldor Centre's policy brief on asylum seekers at sea and current approaches to border control in Europe and Australia.
  • Doug Irving draws on the frontline experiences of RAND's Giacomo Persi Paoli to highlight key tenets of the Mediterranean 'migrant crisis'. Writing for Border Criminologies, Mediterranean Hope's Alberto Mallardo reflects on the role of the Humanitarian Corridors project in the region.
  • Listen to the Peace Research Institute Oslo's panel on the key recommendations emerging out of Refuge, a recent publication by University of Oxford's Alexander Betts and Paul Collier dividing the policy community.
  • On 11 May, the Overseas Development Institute is hosting an expert panel on Special Economic Zones and the right to work for refugees. You can register to attend or watch online here.
  • Writing for the Cato Institute, Alex Nowrasteh argues the merits of US President Donald Trump adopting an Eisenhower-like approach to illegal immigration in the US.
  • The Pew Research Center highlights key US H-1B visa trends.

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