Welcome to the Researchers for Asylum Seekers
We are a voluntary group concerned about the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, the detention of children, the application of offshore processing to asylum seekers who reach Australian waters or shores, and other unfair and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Researchers for Asylum Seekers believes that the detention of asylum seekers and refugees should be no longer than administratively necessary for identity, health and security checks and that Australia must fulfil its obligations under the United Nations Refugee Convention, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and international human rights law.
Officially affiliated with the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Researchers for Asylum Seekers aims to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers through forums, conferences, research and the distribution of information on asylum seeker issues.
Refugee Research Blog launch
Dear supporters of refugees and people seeking asylum,
We would like to invite you to become readers and supporters of the new Refugee Research Blog that has been recently launched: http://refugeeresearchblog.org/
The Refugee Research Blog provides a platform for academic and non-academic research and comment on issues surrounding people seeking asylum and refugees. The Refugee Research Blog believes that the detention of asylum seekers and refugees should be no longer than administratively necessary for identity, health and security checks and that Australia must fulfil its obligations under the United Nations Refugee Convention, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and international Human Rights law.
While our contributors’ fields of interests converge, their knowledge, experience and perspectives vary. We believe it's vitally important for knowledge sharing across the entire sector and disciplines throughout Australia to better inform and empower people seeking asylum and refugees.
The blog is hosted by Researchers for Asylum Seekers, and is edited by Rhys Stephens. The primary audience is people working with people seeking asylum and refugee issues in academia, the non-government sector, the wider sector community, and the various levels of government, as well as advocates of people seeking asylum and refugees, consultants, and, importantly, the general public.
Like our contributors, our readers are researchers, analysts, policymakers, advocates, public servants, practitioners, consultants and students.
Blog entries are managed in bi-monthly releases, but may become more frequent in response to contributor interest.
All posts are attributed to individuals - not organisations - so there is a clear distinction between supporters of the blog, and contributors and their views. We will also post details of upcoming conferences and other research related events, in effect opening up the space a broader range of perspectives and expertise.
The full guidelines for contributing to the blog are located here:
We would appreciate your support in promoting and garnering contributions from members of your organisation if there is relevant research that you believe should be shared broadly.
Check the University's full events calendar for more
Values and Vulnerabilities
The Ethics of Research with Refugees
and Asylum Seekers
Edited by Karen Block, Elisha Riggs and Nick Haslam
Forced migration is a global issue. About 34 million of the world's inhabitants were identified in 2010 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as either refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers or stateless people.
Systematic inquiries are urgently needed to understand and improve the circumstances in which these people live, and to guide national and international policies and programs.However, there are many ethical complications in conducting research with uprooted people, who have often been exposed to persecution and marginalisation in conflict situations, refugee camps, immigration detention settings, and following resettlement.
This book brings together for the first time key scholars across a range of disciplines including anthropology, bioethics, public health, criminology, psychology, socio-linguistics, philosophy, psychiatry, social policy and social work to discuss the ethical dimensions, challenges and tensions of such research.It encompasses the theoretical, conceptual, practical, and applied aspects of research ethics, while integrating different disciplinary perspectives.
It is intended as a resource not only for researchers, students and practitioners but also for those conducting cross-cultural research more broadly. Many of its arguments, examples and concerns are pertinent to research with other vulnerable or marginalised populations.
‘Values and Vulnerabilities: The Ethics of research with Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ was published by Australian Academic Press on May 31, 2013. Edited by RAS members Karen Block, Elisha Riggs and Nick Haslam, the book contains contributions from a multi-disciplinary collection of scholars.
Yearning to Breathe Free
Seeking Asylum in Australia
Edited by Dean Lusher and Nick Haslam
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …” How has Australia risen to Emma Lazarus’ great challenge?
This overview of the historical, social and political contexts that have shaped Australia’s recent treatment of asylum seekers offers a clear-eyed view of the many dimensions of the asylum seeker predicament, including its psychological and humanitarian consequences, and lays out an agenda for change in policy.
Sir Gustav Nossal, the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, Senator Lyn Allison, Phillip Adams, Professor Stuart MacIntyre, and Lindsay Tanner MP introduce the six sections. Julian Burnside QC, Dr Carmen Lawrence, Peter Mares, Pamela Curr, Michael Clyne, Linda Briskman, Derrick Silove, Michael Gordon, Arnold Zable and David Manne are among the contributors to the 20 chapters.
Yearning to Breathe Free is a passionate but informed work that is multi-faceted, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful.
All royalties for this book go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Yearning to Breathe Free is a collection of essays on the human impact of Australia’s asylum laws and policies written by commentators, politicians, refugee advocates and other human rights icons in Australia….the collection provides a compelling critique of certain aspects of Australian immigration law and practice…
This book brings together a diverse range of people who examine the problems facing refugees and asylum seekers from a variety of perspectives… should be compulsory reading for those assigned the demanding tasks of striking balance between compassion and control in Australia’s political and legal response to the phenomenon of asylum seekers and forced migration.