In the room with the policymakers: engaging with immigration, refugee and asylum policy

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Event details


Date & time

Thursday 08 October 2015


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Peter Hughes


Emma Larking
+61 (0)2 6125 1513

Australia’s immigration intakes are running, at, or near, all-time highs. Yet immigration, refugee and asylum policies are constantly in the news and have been a highly contested area of public policy for over a decade. Global pressures are changing the dynamics of migration and challenging migration systems in many parts of the world.

Australian migration, refugee, asylum and citizenship policies are based on a number of long-term fundamental principles. They represent a constantly shifting compromise between many community interests and pressures. Some of these fundamentals are being challenged by the growth of temporary migration and the political emphasis on border security.

Peter Hughes will review these developments and examine the tools used by immigration policy makers. He will look at opportunities for academic researchers and policy specialists to influence immigration policies.

About the Speaker

Peter Hughes has over 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of Australian and international migration and refugee policies, including associated policies related to compliance, settlement, citizenship and multicultural affairs. He has represented Australia extensively in international migration and humanitarian forums.

Until early 2011 he was Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Program Management Group of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Prior to his activities in the migration field, he worked in a number of other Australian Government agencies. In 2011–12 he chaired the Australian Government’s Access and Equity Enquiry Panel.

Peter is a Visitor at Regnet, a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.

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