Provides an overview of the legal principles governing the entry of people into Australia, and analyses the policy and moral considerations underpinning this area of law - particularly in relation to refugee law, one of the most divisive social issues of our time. Suggests proposals for change.
Historical context to migration -- Immigration control : an overview -- Basic migration legislation and policy -- The visa system and application procedures -- Family and interdependency migration and other Australia-based visas -- Business and investment visas -- Skill-based visas -- Temporary visas -- Miscellaneous visas -- Common visa requirements -- Compliance : unlawful non-citizens, removal and deportation -- History of the refugees convention and definitional framework -- Refugee and humanitarian visas : the statutory structure -- Convention grounds -- Persecution -- Well founded fear of persecution -- Limits on protection of refugees : cessation, exclusion exceptions and protection by another country -- Time for a fundamental re-think : need as the criterion for assistance -- The determination and review process for migration and refugee decisions
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