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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.

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Fifth meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | September 2017

communications - September 2017

  Key documents for the fifth ADFM meeting: Full agenda and participant list Briefing papers Participant profiles Press Release The fifth meeting of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) took...

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Fourth meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | March 2017

communications - March 2017

The fourth Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration meeting took place in March 2017. Download key documents below and read on for more about the meeting, including photos. Key documents for the...

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Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration – December update

communications - December 2016

The Secretariat and members of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) have been busy since meeting in Kuala Lumpur in September 2016. After the New York Refugee Summits in...

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CEO Travers McLeod calls for an integrated approach to foreign policy development

communications - November 2016

Our CEO Travers McLeod was invited to contribute a think-piece for the Australian Council for International Development’s October 2016 National Conference, entitled Australia Ahead of the Curve: An agenda for international...

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Third meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | September 2016

communications - September 2016

The third Dialogue meeting took place in September 2016. Download key documents below and read on for more about the meeting, including photos. Key documents for the third Dialogue meeting:...

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CEO Travers McLeod talks forced migration and refugee intakes on RN ‘Drive’

communications - September 2016

On Wednesday night, Travers McLeod was invited on to the Radio National Drive Programme to discuss the recent high-level meetings on refugees and migrants. Travers spoke with Jonathan Green about...

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One year after the Andaman Sea refugee crisis – is the region better prepared?

communications - May 2016

In May last year, the discovery of mass graves on the Thai-Malaysia border and stranding at sea of around 8,000 people fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh cast the spotlight on the grave reality...

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Second meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | January 2016

communications - February 2016

The second Dialogue meeting took place in late January 2016. Download key documents below and read on for more about the meeting, including photos. Key documents for the second Dialogue meeting: Participant profiles...

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Outsiders: boats and babies and Here Come The Habibs

Travers McLeod - February 2016

This session was originally broadcast on the ABC’s Radio National on 7 February 2016.     The High Court has affirmed the Australian Government’s right to operate offshore detention centres, but...

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First meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | August 2015

communications - October 2015

The first Dialogue meeting took place in late August 2015. Download key documents below and read on for a statement from Dialogue members and photos from the meeting. To see the participants profiles...

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