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Deterrence policies and asylum seekers: the case of Australia

Effeney,L and Mansouri,F 2014, Deterrence policies and asylum seekers: the case of Australia, International journal of migration and border studies, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 217-230, doi: 10.1504/ijmbs.2014.066309.

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Title Deterrence policies and asylum seekers: the case of Australia
Author(s) Effeney,L
Mansouri,FORCID iD for Mansouri,F orcid.org/0000-0002-8914-0485
Journal name International journal of migration and border studies
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 217
End page 230
Total pages 13
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication Olney, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1755-2419
1755-2427
Summary The basic tenets of the international refugee protection regime, set out in the UN's 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol, grant individuals the right to seek asylum, but do not provide for laws obliging signatory states to grant asylum. This inherent paradox allows signatory states ongoing manoeuvre to prevent would-be asylum seekers from accessing protection in their territories. To this end, countries of the global north have designed and implemented a range of measures aimed at deterring onshore asylum seekers - privileging border control over refugee protection. This paper examines the effectiveness of deterrence measures taken by Australia. It argues that deterrence measures and attendant political rhetoric are not only contrary to international humanitarian obligations, but obscure empirically grounded understandings of forced migration as a complex social phenomenon, and as such are problematic in terms of meeting their publicly stated objectives of stopping on-shore asylum seeking in the long term.
Language eng
DOI 10.1504/ijmbs.2014.066309
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Inderscience
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069247

Document type: Journal Article
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