Title

Australia Limits Refuge for the Refugee

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Tamara

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

8926

Comments

Originally published as: Hudson-Rodd, N. (2009). Australia Limits Refuge for the Refugee. Tamara Journal of Critical Organisation Inquiry, 8(1/2), 186. Original available here

Abstract

Antonio Guterres (2008), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) characterized the twenty-first century as one of mass movements of people, within and beyond their borders, escaping conflicts and upheavals. War and human rights violations propel millions of people beyond their borders searching for safety. Climate change, environmental degradation, and economic instability prompt many to search for better life opportunities. Attempts by governments to devise policies to pre-empt, direct, manage, prevent these movements have been erratic. Australia, for example has implemented a series of laws to control movement of asylum seekers, prevent their access to Australia, while choosing a quota driven number of people from refugee camps. Uniquely in the developed world Australia ignores international human rights laws and puts all asylum seekers in mandatory detention. Some countries claim ethnic or religious conflict, national security, or upsetting the population balance due to lack of tolerance among citizens. Politicians appear to believe that being tough on refugees makes their own populations feel more secure. Whatever the reason for nonadmittance, refugees are often denied their internationally recognized human rights forced into desperate lives in refugee camps or in detention centres where they are unable to move, to work, or to enjoy any freedoms. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]