forced migration

New directions for asylum seeker policies?

Australian discussion of asylum seekers is polarised between slogans of ‘Stop the Boats’ and ‘Bring them here’. Both sides have good arguments – and both have their blind spots. 

And both are ill-prepared for surprises that emerge from a careful look at the details: in how most asylum seekers reach Australia; in changing public attitudes; in what policies work, and which do more damage than good. 

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet