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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.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.

Who?

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.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.

Where?

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