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Learning from the future: Foresight for the next decade of forced migration
20 November 2023
In-person, Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Sydney

We live in an age of enormous uncertainty and rapid change. The climate crisis, disruptive technologies, geopolitical instability and massive demographic shifts will reshape our world, in our lifetimes.

What will these megatrends mean for refugees and other forced migrants? Is the international protection regime capable of providing protection amidst these seismic shifts? What legal and policy changes do we need to grapple with to ensure protection for those who need it?

As the Kaldor Centre embarks on its 10th anniversary, our flagship conference will harness strategic foresight to inform the agenda for the decade to come.

The 2023 Kaldor Centre Conference will feature a fresh, scenario-based program that brings together leading experts to unearth the challenges and opportunities for the refugee regime in the decade ahead – and what we must do today to ensure protection for those who need it.

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Program overview

8:30am - 9:00am   Registration

9:00am - 5:00pm   Conference keynote and panel sessions, with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included

5:00pm - 6:30pm   Networking reception included 

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Thinking about the future of forced migration

Keynote address

How do we start thinking about the future of forced migration? Aarathi Krishnan will bring her vast experience in humanitarian and development foresight to steer us on our journey into the future – and how we can prepare for it today.

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Will people in need of protection be able to access it?

Panel discussion

How can new technologies serve not only to manage borders but also to strengthen accountability and assistance for displaced people? Will irregular movement still exist and will we forge cooperation – between governments and communities – to expand pathways to safety?

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How will we identify people in need of protection?

Panel discussion

Will machines decide asylum claims? Will we still consider refugee applications on an individual case-by-case basis, and if not, what new approaches could we take? How can we respond effectively to mass movements and ensure fairness for people seeking asylum?

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Will refugees be welcome?

Panel discussion

In an information landscape altered by algorithms and AI, what will turn the public conversation about refugees and migrants, and how? As people face disruptions in their own social, economic and cultural lives, how can we navigate these shifting dynamics to overcome division, and champion unity and respect?

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Will international refugee law still be relevant?

Keynote address

Join the Kaldor Centre's Director, Professor Jane McAdam AO, as she reflects on the day's discussions and the implications of future megatrends for international refugee law.

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A valuable opportunity for connection and exchange with leading thinkers and key actors from across the sector. Join us for drinks, canapes and conversation at our #Kaldor23 closing reception.

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Side event: Scholars' Workshop

21-22 November 2023

This hybrid workshop is an opportunity for early-career scholars in the field of refugee and forced migration studies to showcase new research and connect with a diverse range of researchers from around the world.

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is the world's first research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. The Centre was founded in 2013 to undertake rigorous research on the most pressing issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and to contribute to public policy promoting legal, sustainable and humane solutions to forced migration. 

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work,

and pay our respects to their elders – past and present.

Premier Sponsor

The Kaldor Centre would like to thank our premier conference sponsor

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Event sponsors

The Kaldor Centre would like to thank the following conference sponsors for their generous support

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Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia

CRICOS Provider Code 00098G

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