Lunchbox/Soapbox: Susan Harris Rimmer on Why Refugee Law is Difficult… Even Without the Politics

Lunchbox/Soapbox: Susan Harris Rimmer on Why Refugee Law is Difficult... Even Without the Politics

What is ‘forced people movement’, or ‘mixed flow migration’ – and where do refugees fit? We use many terms for those people who feel compelled to leave their home country and relocate.

Forced migration has many different legal components: refugees, internally displaced persons, development-induced displacement, people smuggling, people trafficking and asylum seekers.

Dr Susan Harris Rimmer tries to place the hot-button domestic issue of people smuggling into the broader context of forced displacement, and what international law actually says – which is often precious little.

She clarifies the conceptual and legal differences, and similarities, between these phenomena, and will analyse them in the light of recent developments at the domestic, regional and international law, as well as law enforcement levels.


Portrait of Susan Harris Rimmer

Susan Harris Rimmer

Dr Susan Harris Rimmer is the manager of advocacy and development practice at the Australian Council for International Development, peak body for Australian development NGOs, and a visiting fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Network at the Australian National University.