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This event will take you 10 years into the future, to explore the forced migration challenges we may face in the decade to come. Our purpose is not to predict the future, but to help us to be better prepared to shape the future we want to see.


Our keynotes will set out big trends and questions to spark your thinking. Our panels will discuss three distinct future scenarios set in 2033. These are intended to provide a 'sandpit' within which we can explore the challenges and opportunities before us, to help us think afresh about what we might need to do today to ensure protection for displaced people in the decade to come.

We hope you enjoy this day of ideas.


Arrival and registration




Thinking about the future of forced migration

  • Aarathi Krishnan, former Senior Advisor on Strategic Foresight, UNDP Asia-Pacific

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Morning tea


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

  • Magdalena Arias Cubas, Red Cross Red Crescent Global Migration Lab

  • Louis Everuss, Centre Coordinator, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of South Australia 

  • Adama Kamara, Deputy CEO, Refugee Council of Australia 

  • Nikolas Feith Tan, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute of Human Rights

  • Chair: Madeline Gleeson, Senior Research Fellow, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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How will we identify people in need of protection?

  • Cathryn Costello, Professor of Global Refugee & Migration Law, University College Dublin

  • Niamh Kinchin, Acting Dean of Law, University of Wollongong

  • Edward Santow, Director, Policy & Governance, Human Technology Institute, University of Technology Sydney

  • Shahyar Roushan, Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Migration & Refugee Division

  • Chair: Daniel Ghezelbash, Deputy Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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Afternoon tea


Will refugees be welcome?

  • Peter Lewis, Executive Director, Essential Media

  • Amanda Tattersall, Associate Professor of Practice, Sydney Policy Lab

  • Lenore Taylor, Editor, Guardian Australia

  • Shabnam Safa, Chairperson, National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group

  • Chair: Lauren Martin, Communications  Manager, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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Will international refugee law still be relevant?

  • Jane McAdam AO, Scientia Professor and Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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Closing reflections

  • Aarathi Krishnan, former Strategic Foresight Advisor UNDP



21-22 Nov

Side event: Scholars' Workshop

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