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".
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.
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.
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.