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International Settlement Policy

Kaldor Centre 2017: The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

The Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 drew together key global, regional and Australian thinkers to discuss the two Global Compacts, raising critical issues and the potential in each agreement. This report highlights those insights and the opportunities and challenges ahead. Read the Insights Report that has been produced following the conference.

Making migration work for all: Report by the Secretary-General

This report by the UN Secretary-General has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 71/280, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to present a report as an input to the zero draft of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration and related intergovernmental negotiations Access the Report here.

Is the Mediterranean the New Rio Grande? US and EU Immigration Pressures in the Long Run

Hanson, Gordon, and Craig McIntosh. 2016. "Is the Mediterranean the New Rio Grande? US and EU Immigration Pressures in the Long Run." Journal of Economic Perspectives30(4): 57-82.

How will worldwide changes in population affect pressures for international migration in the future?

In their paper, Hanson and McIntosh examine the past three decades, during which population pressures contributed to substantial labor flows from neighboring countries into the United States and Europe, and contrast them with the coming three decades, which will see sharp reductions in labor-supply growth in Latin America but not in Africa or much of the Middle East. Using a gravity-style empirical model, they examine the contribution of changes in relative labor-supply to bilateral migration in the 2000s and then apply this model to project future bilateral flows based on long-run UN forecasts of working-age populations in sending and receiving countries.

Because the Americas are entering an era of uniformly low population growth, labor flows across the Rio Grande are projected to slow markedly. Europe, in contrast, will face substantial demographically driven migration pressures from across the Mediterranean for decades to come. Although these projected inflows would triple the first-generation immigrant stocks of larger European countries between 2010 and 2040, they would still absorb only a small fraction of the 800-million-person increase in the working-age population of Sub-Saharan Africa that is projected to occur over this period.

Access the paper here.

What can the census tell us about refugees in Australia?

In September 2017, SCOA CEO, Nick Tebbey, was consulted by global news company Devex in relation to research it was conducting following the release of the Australian Census. The research looked at the location of refugees across Australia, their nationalities and the lessons that could be drawn from this information about Australia's response to the global refugee crisis. The article discusses the settlement experiences of refugees in Australia, and provides a useful interactive tool for exploring this issue. View the article here.

Finding Refuge in Canada: A Syrian Resettlement Story

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In December 2016, Canada's Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights published its report into the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Canada.

The Report looks at the settlement journeys of Syrian refugees in Canada and makes recommendations for enhancing the integration experience and ensuring the best possible settlement outcomes.

Further details can be found on the Standing Senate Committee's home page.