APRRN was formed in 2008 at a regional conference on refugee rights, held in Malaysia, in which representatives of 70 civil society organisations from 14 countries determined the need for a coordinating entity to convene collaborative action to advance refugee rights across the Asia Pacific region.

November 2008

APRRN was first initiated by a few pioneers at an inaugural meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

APRRN’s first Working Groups were established, including geographic and thematic working groups. This includes four Geographic Working Groups (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia) and six Thematic Working Groups (Immigration Detention, Legal Aid and Advocacy, Youth, Regional Protection, Statelessness and Women and Girls at Risk).