Australia-Indonesia cooperation on asylum-seekers: a case of 'incentivised policy transfer'

Nethery, Amy and Gordyn, Carly 2014, Australia-Indonesia cooperation on asylum-seekers: a case of 'incentivised policy transfer', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 177-193.

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Title Australia-Indonesia cooperation on asylum-seekers: a case of 'incentivised policy transfer'
Author(s) Nethery, Amy
Gordyn, Carly
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs
Volume number 68
Issue number 2
Start page 177
End page 193
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1035-7718
1465-332X
Keyword(s) Asylum policy
People-smuggling
Indonesia
Incentivised policy transfer
Immigration detention
Australia
Summary Australia and Indonesia have engaged in cooperation on asylum policy since the late 1990s, bilaterally on immigration detention and people-smuggling agreements, and multilaterally through the Bali Process. Seen from a global perspective, this form of cooperation is one of many such bilateral and multilateral agreements that stymie the ability of asylum-seekers to gain effective and durable protection. This article argues that policy transfer theory can explain how these agreements are achieved, their political implications, and their outcome for the refugee regime and the asylum-seekers reliant on the regime for protection. In the case study of Australia and Indonesia, the authors argue that the cooperation is best understood as a form of ‘incentivised policy transfer’, whereby Australia has provided substantial financial and diplomatic incentives to Indonesia to adopt policies consistent with Australia's own. The implications for asylum-seekers in the Asia-Pacific region are substantial, and include an increase in the use of immigration detention in Indonesia and the introduction of border security measures that restrict the ability of asylum-seekers to reach territory where they may claim protection under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
Language eng
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
160601 Australian Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059431

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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