Refugee Council of Australia
Audience clapping

2018 Conference Report


These are recommendations from conference sessions variously to the UN General Assembly, States, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Global Compacts processes, International Organization for Migration (IOM), international NGOs and academic networks.

The Compacts

The international community must ensure the global compacts on refugees and migrants complement each other and take into account the intersectional reality of migration. In doing this, they must recognise that migration is fluid, with multiple complex drivers. Issues of cross-cutting should be addressed. This includes enhancing labour mobility.

Additionally, solutions should be provided for people unable to return. This may involve:

  • Expanding resettlement schemes
  • Implementing options for family reunification
  • Fostering access to humanitarian schemes
  • Employing student visas
  • Realising women-at-risk visas
  • Building up private sponsorship programs.

An international network

The international community should build a network of refugee groups, diaspora groups, NGOs, national and international peak bodies. These entities need strong refugee participation to be credible as advocates.

Support for peace

Australia should stop involvement in the wars and unrest in the Middle East that create refugee displacement and instead look to actively support moves towards peace.

Join us

We need you to show our government that Australia cares about refugees. Help us by joining the movement so we can protect refugees, not punish them.