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PM to talk refugees with world leaders

AAP logoAAP 16/09/2016 Jennifer Rajca

Immigration and border protection will be top of mind as Malcolm Turnbull takes the Australian experience to the world stage.

Fresh from rubbing shoulders with his colleagues at the G20, East Asia Summit and Pacific Island Forum, the prime minister is in New York on Saturday to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly.

This year the high-level gathering will focus on the influx of refugees across the world, with a pre-summit on migration to take place on Monday.

Mr Turnbull, who will be in town with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, has accepted an invitation to attend US President Barack Obama's leaders' summit on refugees, which will take place on the sidelines on Tuesday.

President Obama wants the gathering to commit to increasing funding for humanitarian organisations and global appeals by at least 30 per cent, boosting resettlement options, and increasing opportunities for refugees through education.

He hopes the meeting will address a level of displacement the world has not seen since the days of World War II.

Mr Turnbull will draw on Australia's experiences with refugees and share the country's successes in border protection.

Advocates want the government to boost Australia's humanitarian intake beyond the stated 18,750 by 2018-19, and speed up the pace of resettling refugees from Syria and Iraq.

While in the Big Apple Mr Turnbull will also hold talks on water and climate change, dine with business heads and visit the 9/11 memorial with his wife Lucy, less than a week on from the 15th anniversary.

His mind will turn to intelligence and cyber security during a visit to Washington DC, where he will be briefed by security officials.

Mr Turnbull sent Ms Bishop to the United Nations in his place last year, having just taken over the Liberal leadership from Tony Abbott.

He was recently criticised by Kevin Rudd after he pulled the plug on the former prime minister's bid to lead the UN, saying he wasn't suited.

Mr Rudd, who is now the chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, won't be far away in New York.

He'll be helping launch the group's final report on its vision for the UN.

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