All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration

8 November 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings, Cnr Lambton Quay & Whitmore St, Wellington

Speaker: Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute, USA.


12.30-2pm, Tuesday 8 November, 12.30-2pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings, 55 Lambton Quay


With migrant maritime arrivals the subject of major policy and public focus in the Mediterranean, Australia, and elsewhere, Ms Newland will review the policy responses to irregular maritime arrivals at regional, national, and international levels. While policy discussions once typically focused on rescue at sea, those today are more likely to be framed in terms of interception designed to address concerns of border protection, national security, and organized crime. The current, central dilemma is how to reconcile these concerns with international legal obligations and regional or global burden-sharing. Ms Newland will examine the state of the policy discussion on these and other salient issues surrounding irregular maritime migration, including case studies of recent developments in the major global hotspots.

Kathleen Newland is co-founder and a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, where she works on refugee protection issues, the relationship between migration and economic development, and the governance of international migration. She is an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, and sits on the Boards of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the Stimson Center, and USA for UNHCR as well as MPI. She is also a member of the International Organization for Migration’s Migration Advisory Board. She is Chair Emerita of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Prior to founding MPI in July 2001, she co-directed the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Earlier, she was a Lecturer in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (1988-92), and Special Assistant to the Rector of the United Nations University (1982-87). She has worked as a consultant to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor Organization, the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the World Bank.

Ms. Newland is author or editor of nine books (including All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration, published in October 2016) and 18 shorter monographs as well as numerous book chapters, policy papers and articles. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and did additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.


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