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  • The Border Observatory’s  Dr Marie Segrave was selected to take part in the recent Australian Academy of Sciences Theo Murphy Think Tank: An interdisciplinary approach to living in a risky world hosted by the Academy of Sciences, Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, July 20-22, Canberra. Across two days high achieving early- and mid-career researchers were ... Read more
  • Findings from the Samoa case study that formed part of the Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific project featured recently in a program on the benefits and drawbacks of remittances that was broadcast on Radio National’s ‘The Money’. The program, presented by host Richard Aedy and producer Fiona Pepper, gave an overview of the extent, purpose ... Read more
  • Associate Professor Leanne Weber has joined with visual artists and curators to discuss contemporary borders at a public seminar held at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). The event was associated with a stunning exhibition on Borders, Barriers, Walls, curated by Francis Parker. In the words of MUMA director Charlotte Day, the exhibition ‘explores physical ... Read more
  • Rebecca Powell, the Observatory’s Managing-Director, attended and presented at the Launch Meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management in Helsinki, Finland last week. The Launch was held at the Finnish Customs School, bringing together representatives from across the OSCE region to discuss women’s ... Read more
  • Heather Moore, National Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery One of the greatest challenges an advocate can face is getting people to care about a problem they can’t see. Human trafficking presents such a challenge. Victims are hidden behind closed doors and in plain sight. They experience ... Read more
  • Dinar Tyas, Case worker at InTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence InTouch, the Multicultural Centre against Family Violence (InTouch) is a statewide service which provides services, programs and responses to issues of family violence in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. By acknowledging the rights and diverse experiences of our clients, we develop and implement ... Read more
  • Vision First, Hong Kong Vision First strives to resist humanitarian expediency and the violence of certain government policy by advocating for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong, hereafter called refugees. At the same time it engages the Hong Kong public and state actors about the consequences of denying refugees legal status and ... Read more
  • This news story is via GetUp! one of Australia’s largest campaigning communities, with a membership of over 1,000,000 people. GetUp! is an independent, grassroots, community advocacy organisation that seeks to build a more progressive Australia and hold politicians to account. GetUp! has been at the forefront of the #LetThemStay campaign against the deportation of  267 asylum seekers ... Read more
  • ****Limited time only, 30% OFF  purchase of Fluid Security in the Asia-Pacific: Transnational crime, crime control and security with this flyer.*** We are pleased to announce the publication of Fluid Security in the Asia-Pacific: Transnational crime, crime control and security (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) authored by our Fluid Security project team, Claudia Tazreiter, Leanne Weber, Sharon Pickering, Marie Segrave ... Read more
  • While babies are threatened with being removed from their hospital beds and sent to Nauru the government continues to argue that mandatory offshore detention is necessary in order to save lives at sea. In an article entitled ‘How To Overcome The Major Argument Behind Australia’s Refugee Policies’ published in New Matilda BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne ... Read more
  • We are academics in support of refugees on this national day of social media action to #LetThemStay. We call on the Australian Government not to transfer any children and family asylum seekers offshore following last week’s high court ruling and we oppose the detention of children and mandatory detention more broadly. Check out our #LetThemStay campaign on our Twitter feed ... Read more
  •   Monash University hosted the third Leverhulme Trust workshop from February 2-3, 2016. As the final in the series, the workshop brought together the Leverhulme network with colleagues from Oxford University and the University of Oslo as well as guests from the University of New South Wales, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and five ... Read more
  • “Leanne Weber’s Policing Non-Citizens is an empirical tour-de-force on immigration policing´ writes David Sausdal from Stockholm University in his review of Associate Professor Leanne Weber’s book ‘Policing Non-Citizens’ (Routledge 2013) published in the latest issue of Punishment and Society Journal. Weber’s book discusses the detection of unlawful non-citizens as a distinct form of policing which is impacting on ... Read more
  • Monash is pleased to announce that it will provide asylum seeker bursaries for two selected eligible applicants each year. Are you, or someone you know an international student, holder of a Bridging Visa A or E and a commencing or continuing student enrolled or intending to enrol in an on campus undergraduate degree at a Monash ... Read more
  • Dr Marie Segrave, whose DECRA research is focused on irregular migrant labour, has co-edited, with Professor Nicola Piper, and Rebecca Napier-Moore (GAATW) a Special Issue of Anti-Trafficking Review, focused on forced labour and human trafficking. The issue includes papers that examine human trafficking, forced labour and slavery, as separate, and overlapping issues, drawing on research and analysis from ... Read more
  • Recent BOb intern, Scott Tang, visiting from Hong Kong University, completed a research project on deportations and removals from Hong Kong. Scott wrote the news story below on his research findings. Hong Kong is a vibrant metropolitan city that is also considered a great tourist destination. It attracts tens of millions people traveling to Hong Kong for ... Read more
  • Against the intentions of the Australian government to prevent any further evolution of people smuggling networks in Indonesia, responsible for shipping „unwanted“ asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia, anti-people people smuggling campaigns have been impeded by Australia’s draconian asylum policies that have prolonged the stay of asylum seekers and refugees in transit in Indonesia. Against state ... Read more
  • The Border Crossing Observatory launched the ‘Count border deaths’ campaign in 2012 in an effort to raise awareness and apply pressure on the Australian Government to count and account for deaths in Australian immigration custody. A central feature of this campaign was to lobby the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to include these deaths in ... Read more
  • Four years ago the Border Crossing Observatory launched the Australian Border Deaths Database recording all known Australian border deaths from January 2000-present. To date, 1,970 deaths have been recorded including deaths in onshore and offshore immigration detention centres, deaths at sea en route to Australia, deaths on return to country of origin following deportation and ... Read more
  • Reem Abu-Hayyeh from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) provides an insight into the recent IRR report recording 160 border deaths in Europe after arrival in ‘Unwanted, Unnoticed: An audit of 160 immigration related deaths in Europe’. On 29 January 2012, Mohammad Rahsepar, an Iranian torture survivor, hanged himself from the window of his room in the Würzburg ... Read more
  • Stefanie Grant, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Human Rights Centre, London School of Economics has written on border deaths from a global perspective arguing that while states have generally treated migrant deaths as an exception to their normal reporting and accounting obligations, a number of new initiatives are working to identify and count these deaths. Migrant deaths at ... Read more
  • Maurice Stierl from Watch the Med (WTM) writes on WTM’s Alarm Phone interventions at the border zone between North Africa and Europe in an effort to save lives at sea for those attempting to reach Europe. More than 1,800 people lost their lives at sea in the first few months of 2015 alone when seeking to reach Europe. ... Read more
  • The Border Criminologies website at Oxford University has hosted a series of opinion pieces on the topic of internal border policing organised by BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne Weber. In the opening post entitled ‘Border as Method: Tracing the internal border’ Leanne explained how governments are constructing ubiquitous internal borders that are deeply embedded within a wide range of administrative, ... Read more
  • We are pleased to announce that BOb’s Professor Sharon Pickering and Julie Ham have won the 2014 British Journal of Criminology Radzinwicz Memorial Prize for best article titled ‘Hotpants at the border: Sorting sex work from trafficking‘. The prize is awarded by the Journal’s editors to the article they judge to contribute most to the ... Read more
  • BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne Weber has written for the Conversation with comment on the recent border deaths tragedies in the Mediterranean. Following the unprecedented spate of deaths in the Mediterranean, European states have vowed to step up their efforts against people smuggling. However an article by Leanne Weber in The Conversation argues that something vital is ... Read more
  • Introducing the COMPAS and Border Criminologies special blog series on Gender and Migration, with blogs for the series to be posted every Friday until the end of June. BOb PhD candidates Bodean Hedwards and Brandy Cochrane have made blog contributions with a gender focus from their migration research and so has BOb research collaborator Dr Gabriella ... Read more
  • As part of the Monash Criminology Seminar Series 2015, BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne Weber presents: ‘Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World’ Tuesday May 12,  from 11-12pm Meeting Room N402, Level 4 Menzies Building, Monash University, Melbourne. In this presentation Leanne will provide an overview of a new edited collection ‘Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World’, recently published by Routledge. The intention ... Read more
  • Julie Ham recently submitted her PhD for examination. Her research has examined sex work, migration, citizenship, labour and identity. Julie undertook research in Australia and Canada for her fieldwork interviewing migrant women sex workers in Melbourne and Vancouver. She is now busy working on publications, undertaking research and enjoying this post-submission phase. Submission is a wonderful milestone and we ... Read more