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Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration


Established in August 2015, the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) is a ‘second track’ process pursuing more effective, durable and dignified approaches to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific. It has fast become a leading expert group on issues of forced migration in the region, trusted by the Bali Process and ASEAN for independent and credible advice. The ADFM brings together government and non-government decision makers from nine affected countries and representatives from UNHCR and IOM, each of whom act in their personal capacities. It is led by a regional Secretariat, convened by CPD in partnership with policy institutes from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The ADFM provides an invaluable neutral place to discuss policy and operational options for States and others who are grappling with complex forced migration issues in the region. Through its independent discussions and policy development, and its work in conjunction with existing mechanisms for government-to-government cooperation on these issues, the ADFM hopes to help build a platform for greater regional cooperation to address the challenges of forced migration in the Asia-Pacific.

Latest Articles


Virtual Workshop on Access to Education for Refugee and Migrant Children | 9 September 2021

Georgia Wilkinson - September 2021

In September 2021 the Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) was pleased to co-convene a virtual workshop with the International Detention Coalition (IDC), focused on access to education for refugee and...

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Andrew Hudson & Dewi Fortuna Anwar: Time to strengthen Australia-Indonesia partnership

Georgia Wilkinson - September 2021

Published in The Jakarta Post on September 8 2021 On Thursday, the Foreign and Defence Ministers from Indonesia and Australia are due to meet in Jakarta for vital talks. The stakes are high. No...

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Virtual Workshop on Case Management in the Context of International Migration | 31 May 2021

Georgia Wilkinson - July 2021

In May 2021 the Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) was pleased to co-convene a virtual workshop with the International Detention Coalition (IDC), focused on case management...

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Regional Peer-Learning Platform and Program of Learning and Action on Alternatives to Child Detention

Georgia Wilkinson - July 2021

CPD, as part of the Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM), is pleased to co-convene a Regional Peer-Learning Platform and Program of Learning and Action on Alternative...

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ASEAN leadership needed to address forced migration amid Myanmar crisis, COVID-19: ADFM

Georgia Wilkinson - June 2021

Published in The Jakarta Post on 11 June 2021. A recently convened track-two diplomatic forum is calling on ASEAN leaders to tackle the issue of forced migration, just as civil...

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Tenth meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | May 2021

Georgia Wilkinson - June 2021

  Key documents for the tenth ADFM meeting: Full agenda and participant list Participant profiles Discussion Paper Co-Convenors’ Statement Related media  On 6 May 2021 the Asia Dialogue on Forced...

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Virtual Roundtable on Mainstreaming Child Protection in the Context of International Migration

communications - January 2021

In December 2020 the Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) was pleased to co-convene a virtual regional roundtable with the International Detention Coalition (IDC), focused on mainstreaming...

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Caitlin McCaffrie: Andaman Sea Crisis: Is the region really better off in 2020?

communications - August 2020

Published as part of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law’s Andaman Sea Crisis series on 6 August 2020 The Asia Pacific is experiencing another major test of regional cooperation,...

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Ninth meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | February 2020

Caitlin McCaffrie - February 2020

  Key documents for the ninth ADFM meeting: Full agenda and participant list Participant profiles Briefing papers Co-Conveners’ Statement The ninth meeting of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM)...

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Regional Roundtable on Alternatives to Child Detention | 21-22 Nov 2019 | Bangkok

Caitlin McCaffrie - November 2019

The Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) was pleased to co-convene a Regional Roundtable on Alternative Care Arrangements for Children in the Context of International Migration in...

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