Assessing asylum seekers' status requires procedure not glib dismissal

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 May 2015

When Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed last week that Australia had returned 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers who were held at sea, his press release stated that "we were assured that they did not have a claim for protection".

Australia's Rigid Immigration Barrier

By Gabrielle Appleby
First published in the New York Times, 7 May 2015

In April, after the deaths of nearly 900 migrants attempting to reach Europe by boat, Australia’s conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, urged European governments to adopt his country’s hard-line stance.

Australia's unsustainable approach to asylum-seekers

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Interpreter, 1 May 2015

At a time when international cooperation on refugees is most sorely needed, countries are instead resorting to increasing unilateralism.

Europe and the Mediterranean

By Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill
First published in the Oxford Human Rights Hub, 26 April 2015

Thirty years ago we knew that there was a demographic and economic crisis on the horizon. We knew, because the International Labour Organization and the UN Fund for Population Activities had done their homework and told us so.

Tighter borders will not stop refugee deaths

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 2015

The loss of more than a thousand lives in the Mediterranean in the past two weeks has led the European Union to launch military operations against people smuggling networks in Libya and ramp up maritime patrols.


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