Australia's response to asylum seekers

Lusher, Dean, Balvin, Nikola, Nethery, Amy and Tropea, Joanne 2007, Australia's response to asylum seekers. In Lusher, Dean and Haslam, Nick (ed), Yearning to breathe free : seeking asylum in Australia, Federation Press, Leichhardt, N.S.W., pp.9-20.

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Title Australia's response to asylum seekers
Author(s) Lusher, Dean
Balvin, Nikola
Nethery, AmyORCID iD for Nethery, Amy
Tropea, Joanne
Title of book Yearning to breathe free : seeking asylum in Australia
Editor(s) Lusher, Dean
Haslam, Nick
Publication date 2007
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 20
Start page 9
End page 20
Total pages 12
Publisher Federation Press
Place of Publication Leichhardt, N.S.W.
Summary Australia's asylum seeker policies are not widely understood. They are complex, and have changed many times, particularly since 2001. This chapter outlines Australia's policies towards asylum seekers and refugees. First, it highlights the fundamental tenets of the Refugee Convention, which forms the basis of Australia's obligations to refugees. It then explaines the different categories of intake, and the different procedures asylum seekers and refugees encounter to start a new life in Australia. We demonstrate that Australia's policies are based on a distinction between two groups of people needing protection: 'offshore' refugees and 'onshore' asylum seekers. The different reception of these two groups by the Australian government could not be greater. The result is a system of two classes of refugees - a distinction that contravenes our international obligations.
ISBN 9781862876569
Language eng
Field of Research 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2007, Federation Press
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