Asylum deterrence policies “can spread like wild fire”

A meeting at the Kaldor Centre has lifted a corner of the veil on the world-wide systems governing attitudes and actions regarding people seeking asylum.

“Leaders and bureaucrats routinely get together to discuss asylum and migration processes in informal, closed-door meetings.

“These meetings are not open to NGOs or academics, who are therefore unable to evaluate claims made about the policies’ effectiveness, Ghezelbash said.

“The protections set out in the Refugee Convention and other human rights treaties are only words,” Ghezelbash said. “Their effectiveness in the real world is shaped by the actions of states. Implementing international law requires leadership – it needs states to lead by example to persuade other states to protect refugees.”