asylum seekers

Aid and strategic interests: Australia’s response to the flow of refugees and asylum-seekers

This paper will discuss the thesis that not only is there a nexus between the official development assistance (ODA) allocations from donor-States and the promotion of their strategic and political interests, but that these interests may include allocating aid in order to prevent the flow of refugees and asylum-seekers to the donor-State. It will be demonstrated that this can apply to Australia’s strategic interests, but also that the definition of ODA is too narrow to clearly articulate the extent to which strategic interests influence aid allocations.

The Limitations of Monitoring Immigration Detention in Australia

Australia’s mandatory detention policy allows for non-citizens without a valid visa to be held in sites of immigration detention on an indefinite basis. This means that asylum seekers who arrive without a valid visa can be detained from their time of arrival to Australia until their protection claim is finalised, unless ministerial discretion is exercised to enable their release into the community.

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