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Refugee flows are global, and there are international institutions, laws and norms that apply to refugees and people seeking protection.

Understand the international refugee system

Alternative pathways to protection for refugees

It is increasingly recognised that the options for effective protection of refugees have not kept pace with the number of people who need protection. Traditional approaches to refugee protection have centered on one of three 'durable solutions' supported by the UNHCR. Increasingly, however, people are discussing alternative pathways for refugees to access safety and security, as well as expanding existing channels such as resettlement programs.
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Australia ratifies OPCAT

In a significant turn of events, the Australian government announced this week that it will ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), a vital addition to the Convention Against Torture (CAT).
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International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an intergovernmental organisation which aims to facilitate “dignified, orderly and safe migration for the benefit of all.” Set up in 1951, the IOM now has 9,500 staff working across 450 offices, with 401 offices and 165 member states globally. It has five main roles.
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Beyond detention: Progress report by UNHCR

Two years ago, UNHCR launched its Global Strategy: Beyond Detention 2014-2019. In August 2016, it published a report about the progress of the strategy. The initiative outlines a five-year strategy that involves 12 countries: Canada, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia.
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United Nations summit on refugees and migrants

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants was held in New York on 19 September 2016. More than 150 government and non-government representatives gathered to adopt a framework to address the large-scale displacement and movement of people across the globe.
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