Tag Archives: Asylum seekers

We are not refugees

What is empathy? How do we empathise those who have had very different and experiences from us? How can Australians and others empathise with the trauma, stress and fear of asylum seekers and refugees, when we are not refugees? Brendan Rigby reflects on these questions. ...
Read more

“In-donor refugee costs”: breaking down Australia’s latest aid ‘cut’

Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, announced that $375 million in foreign aid will be re-allocated to cover the expenditure of refugees in Australia. This announcement has been met with outrage and derision. In this post, Brendan breaks down what it actually means and why such practices need to change....
Read more

Climate Change and migration: what we need to be doing right now

Climate Change is happening, but we do not seem to realise it. The socio-economic impacts of Climate Change are enormous and the implications for human well-being are frightening. Erin Nash tackles the tricky landscape of Climate Change and migration, unpacking the concept of 'climate refugees'. Who are they? Where will...
Read more

As long as the razor wire exists: Voices of refugees

Increasing rates of self-harm and a string of suicides reveal a troubling picture of Australian immigration detention centres. Deteriorating conditions are taking their toll on asylum seekers, yet the Australian government is persisting with its policy of mandatory detention. Susannah Waters speaks to some people at the heart of the...
Read more

Who wants to be a refugee?

A new game show broadcast in the Netherlands pits asylum seekers who have failed to prove their claim to asylum and are awaiting deportation, against each other, in a bid to prove who can be the most patriotic. Awareness raising, or just simple titillation? Brendan explores the answer to this...
Read more

The Australian Government goes viral on refugees

The Australian Immigration Department announced that it will film the first group of asylum seekers processed under the new deal with Malaysia and post the video on YouTube. This decision by the Australian Federal Government to use YouTube to communicate immigration policy is disturbing. Not only are their serious ethical...
Read more

Our favourite whydev posts

There's no better way to celebrate our most significant of anniversaries, than to reflect on what has been a great 14 months and 2 weeks of contributions to whydev. In this post, Weh and Brendan choose their top posts since whydev's inception. Something we've missed? Something that doesn't belong there?...
Read more