National Asylum Summit 2013

National Asylum Summit 2013

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On Thursday 27 June 2013 the Hawke Research Institute hosted the National Asylum Summit 2013.

The Summit was co-sponsored by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies.

Event details  

Held at UniSA's City West Campus, the National Asylum Summit 2013 was an innovative, question-raising forum which engaged the pressing issue of asylum, a topic at the centre of much public and political debate in Australia as well as globally.

The summit was a catalyst for collaboration between policy analysts, public intellectuals, academics, public servants, civic activists, and representatives of migrant and asylum communities seeking the most effective social, cultural and political responses to the asylum debate. A particular feature of the summit was its placing of the issue of asylum in a global context.

Summit program

The summit involved participants in roundtable dialogues and debates that covered political and policy dimensions of asylum and enforced migration in the context of transnationalism and globalisation. A list of summit participants can be found here.

These roundtable discussions were vital in developing recommendations for the National Asylum Summit report.

Downloand summit program HERE.


Download National Asylum Summit 2013 report HERE.

Keynote address

While the summit focused on roundtable discussions there was also a keynote address from expert in the field, Dr Jeff Crisp, Head, Policy Development and Evaluation Service, UNHCR, in Geneva. 

Dr Jeff Crisp's paper, entitled 'Get back to where you once belonged! A global perspective on migration, asylum and the challenges of refugee protection' argued that states are increasingly basing their refugee and asylum policies on the notion that people should remain in their own country or return to it once they have left. In other words, and to quote the Beatles, they should 'get back to where they once belonged'. He argued that the forces currently driving international migration are so strong that restrictive policies (e.g. border closures, increased surveillance, offshore processing, etc.) are very likely to fail – and at the same time are likely to have serious and negative consequences for people who are on the move and for the international refugee protection regime as a whole. In closing, Dr Jeff Crisp asked how the phenomenon of refugee movements and irregular migration can be addressed in a principled manner that upholds the institution of asylum.



Public lecture

Asylum reconsidered: on the right to sleep, perchance to dream, a public lecture by Professor Ranjana Khanna, the Margaret Taylor Smith Chair of Women’s Studies at Duke University, USA officially launched the National Asylum Summit on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 6 pm.

Professor Ranjana Khanna sees in insomnia an analogy for asylum seeking – a space where there is no security, rest or chance for recuperation, but rather constant agitation and inner turmoil. In this lecture, Professor Khanna reflected on the notion of hospitality, human-to-human and state-to-asylum seeker, and the philosophies that we may discern from the process of being hospitable – offering a haven and repose, but also what we may discern in the denial of these things.




Interviews with National Asylum Summit participants were conducted by various media outlets. Please see below.

ABC News Radio AM Program

The Wire Community Radio

Photo gallery

To view photos from the National Asylum Summit 2013, visit the Hawke Research Institute photo gallery.

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If you have any questions please contact:
Phoebe Smith at the Hawke Research Institute
P: +61 8 8302 1071

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