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Migration & border policy links: Merkel and no regrets, Hurricane Harvey and more

This week's links also include lessons from Canada and Facebook acts on people smugglers' posts.

Coast Guard officers in a flood punt boat in Friendswood, Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harry (Photo:Coast Guard News/Flickr)
Coast Guard officers in a flood punt boat in Friendswood, Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harry (Photo:Coast Guard News/Flickr)

  • The Kaldor Centre’s Dr Claire Higgins offers a critique of the Australian government’s decision to transfer a number of asylum seekers residing in the country to the ‘final departure Bridging E Visa’.
  • The Saturday Paper’s Sean Kelly discusses the motivations behind keeping asylum seeker healthcare offshore.
  • The Refugee Council of Australia recently published an analysis of the Canadian model of refugee private sponsorship, outlining a number of lessons for Australia.
  • In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Angela Merkel said she has no regrets about her government’s response to Europe's refugee crisis.
  • With satellite data indicating mass burning in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, fears are held for the country’s Rohingya population, including those who have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Read the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect’s analysis of this current crisis.
  • William Monteith and Shuaib Lwasa compare the participation of refugee and IDP populations in the formal and informal markets of Kampala, Uganda.
  • In a recent Analysis, the Lowy Institute’s Nonresident Fellow Dr Khalid Koser argues that Australia should take a proactive role in the formation of the Global Compact on Refugees.
  • Writing for The New York Times, Simon Romero and Miriam Jordan consider the fate of undocumented immigrants in Texas caught in Hurricane Harvey.
  • In a nod to the role of social media in migration, Facebook has made moves to remove online posts promoting people smuggling initiatives across the Mediterranean.
  • Philippe M Frowde looks at the role of the International Organization for Migration in the context of emerging tensions between humanitarianism, state building and notions of sovereignty.
  • The International Committee on the Red Cross has published a policy paper outlining recommendations for policy-makers to: prevent migrants from going missing; facilitate search and recovery efforts; and address the needs of family members.



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