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Migration and Displacement in the Asia Pacific

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State of Evidence Review Launch Event

Irregular migration and displacement is a significant global phenomenon. The number of people forcibly displaced has significantly risen over the past years, with increasing concern that this is affecting safety and security of the most vulnerable population groups - women and young children. In the Asia Pacific especially, there are particular challenges and complexities to irregular and forced migration. Yet, there is still more work needed to map the magnitude of the problem, identify the main drivers, and consequences, as well as gaps in policy and evidences.

Towards this end, Oxfam Australia and Monash University completed a state of evidence review around three specific themes, which has been presented in a series of three policy briefs: Women and Irregular Migration; High Harm, High Volume Migration; and Migration: A Positive Driver for Development? On this basis, Oxfam can best determine the policy and advocacy work it can contribute in the area of migration and displacement, as well as work with the academic sector to further strengthen the existing evidence base. Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts at Monash University, will provide the keynote address to highlight the main findings of the state evidence review. This will be followed by panel discussion, involving Denise Cauchi, Executive Director of Diaspora Action Australia, and Nicole Bieske, Project Lead, Humanitarian Advocacy, Oxfam Australia.

Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, Monash University

Sharon Pickering is a Professor of Criminology and Dean of Arts at Monash University. She is the Founder and Director of the Border Crossing Observatory – an innovative virtual research centre that produces high quality and independent research on border crossings. Professor Pickering leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She won the Australian Human Rights Award in 2012 for print and online media on human rights and asylum.

Denise Cauchi, Executive Director, Diaspora Action Australia

Denise Cauchi is the Executive Director and co-founder of Diaspora Action Australia (DAA). Since its inception in 2008, DAA has been pioneering the field of diaspora engagement in Australia by supporting diaspora-led initiatives and promoting the inclusion of diasporas in policy discussions relating to their countries of origin. Denise is a human rights and development advocate and practitioner.In 2018, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to multiculturalism and human rights.

Nicole Bieske, Project Lead, Humanitarian Advocacy, Oxfam Australia

As the Humanitarian Advocacy Lead at Oxfam Australia, Nicole works to influence policy and practice of the Australian Government and other relevant institutions in relation to humanitarian action, conflicts and disasters. Nicole has worked in global human rights campaigning for over 15 years at the domestic and international level. She has a PhD in international law (human rights) and has taught at the Faculty of Law at Monash. Nicole has previously worked as a human rights consultant for the United Nations, and is on the Board of Amnesty International serving as chair for the last four years.


Banner photo credit: Tom Peitrasik/Oxfam



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