Refugee Realities:
Risk, Rights and Resettlement

Speakers provide unique takes on issues facing refugees and the countries that host them, as well as posing important questions about current policy directions and frameworks.

When: Thursdays, 11th of October – 15th of November 2011 6.30 – 8:00pm
Venue: Dexter Cafe and Bar, 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
Co-ordinator: —————–

week 1

11th of October 2011

Workshop: Refugee communities: from within, not without. Methods for participatory consultation with displaced people.
(May Maloney & Lucy Hall, UNSW & UNHCR)

May Maloney has kindly provided us with the links to the training slides, reports on the methodology, and information on the outcomes of dialogues with women she worked with.

The training slides are all on the University of New South Wales’ Centre for Refugee Research website. Can be referenced as the last set of slides on this site: crr.unsw.edu.au/education-and-training/training-resources/

Some people mentioned that they would like to see a copy of a report produced based on the methodology, which can be sourced at this URL (the Harda Report): crr.unsw.edu.au/research-projects/

For people who would like to know more about the outcomes of the women’s dialogues that May was involved in, check out the unofficial UNHCR Gender Unit Blog: itbeginswithme.wordpress.com/category/regional-dialogues-with-refugee-women-and-girls

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week 2

18th of October 2011

The alternative to mandatory detention: Why undocumented asylum seeker arrivals should be processed in the community.
(Jana Favero, ASRC)

week 3

25th of October 2011

The regional solutions: The Bali Process and regional frameworks adopted by Australia and South-East Asian countries.
(Savitri Taylor, La Trobe Uni)

Unfortunately the recording for this week is unavailable. For anyone that is interested in what was discussed please see Savitri’s recent article published in Inside Story, ‘Regoinal Cooperation and the Malaysian Solution’, which covers the issues discussed, including the Bali Process.

Savitri also asked we put up these links for anyone who is interested in learning more about the issues discussed:

UNHCR, Global Trends 2010 (June 2011) and 2010-GlobalTrends-annex-tables

UNHCR, Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2012 (June 2012)

Bali Process web site

UNHCR, Regional Cooperative Approach to address Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Irregular Movement Discussion Paper (November 2010)

Bali Process Final Co-Chairs’ Statement, 30 March 2011

week 4

1st of November 2011

Access denied: What happens to refugees denied protection following an adverse ASIO security assessment?
(Josef Szwarc, Foundation House)

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week 5

8th of November 2011

Camps, detention, and informal settlement: Three durable solutions by default?
(Sandy Gifford, La Trobe Uni)

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week 6

15th of November 2011

On-going trauma: Reflections on the ongoing effect of refugee experiences after resettlement in Australia.
(Ellena Savage, Cecilia Sequeira Goncalves & Clovis Mwamba)

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