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The legacy of Australia's treatment of onshore asylum seekers

Mansouri, Fethi 2002, The legacy of Australia's treatment of onshore asylum seekers, Mots pluriels, vol. 21, pp. 1-16.

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Title The legacy of Australia's treatment of onshore asylum seekers
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-8914-0485
Journal name Mots pluriels
Volume number 21
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher School of European Languages, University of Western Australia
Place of publication Nedlands, W.A.
Publication date 2002-05
ISSN 1327-6220
Keyword(s) Africa
Summary The Australian government's response to the 'unlawful' arrival of asylum seekers has been characterised by a host of draconian measures - most notably mandatory detention and a punitive 'temporary protection visa' with severely limited access to settlement services. This hard stance was seen as important in stemming the tide of 'illegal' asylum seekers - most of whom seek protection in Australia from their war-torn countries in the Middle East. However, the government's own statistics suggest that this strategy is not working, as the number of asylum seekers has not decreased since these tough measures were adopted in October 1999. Moreover, as this study [2] argues, the restricted access to social services and income support imposed on TPV holders is causing significant economic hardships and unnecessarily traumatic settlement experiences. Many non-government agencies (most notably community organizations and ethnic associations) are left with the daunting challenge of meeting both practical and special needs of traumatized refugees.
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Language eng
Field of Research 160303 Migration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Fethi Mansouri
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001814

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