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Migration & border policy links: Manus High Court ruling, H-2B shortage, Turkey’s Syrians and more

This week's links also include a comparison of various citizenship laws and India's reported plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims.

High Court of Australia (Photo: Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
High Court of Australia (Photo: Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

  • Earlier today the Australian High Court rejected a claim that the Australian government can only exercise offshore powers consistently with the law of a foreign state. This means that Australia’s regional processing centre on Manus Island is legal despite the PNG Supreme Court ruling to the contrary.
  • The Kaldor Centre’s Sangeetha Pillai breaks down how Australia’s proposed citizenship laws compare internationally.
  • In response to a High Court challenge, the Australian government has put forward amendments to the Border Force Act 2015 which remove ‘protected information’ disclosure prohibitions.
  • Check out Brookings Institute’s interactive which looks beyond Trump’s immigration rhetoric to highlight hard facts.
  • Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Laura Meckler analyses the impact of a shortage of H-2B visas in the US.
  • India is purported to be in talks with Myanmar and Bangladesh about its plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the country illegally.
  • Flooding and devastation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh have displaced millions across the region.
  • Writing for Migration Policy Institute, M. Murat Erdoğan analyses how Turkish local governments have responded to the vast number of Syrian refugees settling in their districts.
  • Mary Crock, Laura Smith-Khan, Ron McCallum and Ben Saul have published The Legal Protection of Refugees with Disabilities: Forgotten and Invisible. Follow the link to read the introductory chapter.
  • Nicola Piper, Marie Segrave and Rebecca Napier Moore discuss the importance of distinguishing between forced labour, trafficking and slavery. Writing for the World Economic Forum, Anne Gallagher points to four dangerous assumptions about human trafficking.

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