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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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Eighth meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | June 2019

Luisa Boll - July 2019

Key documents for the eighth ADFM meeting: Full agenda and participant list Participant profiles Briefing Papers The eighth meeting of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) was held from...

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Bangladesh and its Emerging Role in the Region | ROUNDTABLE | June 2019

Luisa Boll - June 2019

Yesterday, CPD co-hosted a special roundtable event with the Bangladesh High Commission on ‘Bangladesh and its Emerging Role in the Region: Bilateral Relations and Challenges for the Region from Forced...

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Avoiding a Crisis within a Crisis | ADFM Trafficking Risk Assessment | March 2019

Luisa Boll - March 2019

Addressing the risks of human trafficking, migrant smuggling and related exploitation arising from the Rohingya displacement in Cox’s Bazar. Between March and November 2018, the Secretariat of the Asia Dialogue...

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Seventh meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | November 2018

communications - November 2018

Key documents for the seventh ADFM meeting: Full agenda and participant list Participant profiles Related media Co-Chairs’ Statement Papers Avoiding a Crisis Within a Crisis Report The seventh meeting of...

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Step up? We’ve stepped aside by failing to sign migration pact | Op-ed | November 2018

Travers McLeod - November 2018

Published in The Australian on 23 November 2018 “Step up or step aside.” This was former Indonesian foreign min­ister Hassan Wirajuda’s 2016 warning to Australia and Indonesia as co-chairs of the Bali Process...

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Sixth meeting | ASIA DIALOGUE ON FORCED MIGRATION | March 2018

communications - March 2018

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

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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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Ensuring that newly arrived refugees settle effectively into their new local communities across Australia offers a range of great benefits to our society and economy.

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