Tag Archives: boat people

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...
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Go back to where you came from!

For about three decades, between 1976 and the mid-1990s, Australia accepted over 150,000 refugees from much of SE Asia and China. Today, many Australians seemingly baulk at the idea of 50 people appearing on the coastline seeking asylum. What changed? What are Australians' attitudes towards refugees and is this reflected...
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Breaking: Australia accepts refugee swap deal with North Korea

Following successful negotiations with Malaysia, Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, today announced a new deal to exchange asylum seekers travelling to Australia with refugees currently living in North Korea. Weh Yeoh reports on the latest details of this deal, which includes support from Australia's Opposition Party and a surprise package...
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The blind leading the blind

In this post, Hannah explores the Australian government’s controversial new refugee transfer policy with Malaysia from the perspective of international human rights law and regional influence. What is the real cost of this policy on the international human rights framework? She argues that by shirking its responsibilities under international law...
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