Australia’s asylum policy, time to act before the September Summit in NY

The past week was not good for Australia’s human rights records. Last week, there were reports about child abuses in juvenile detention centres in Northern Territory. This week, the human rights violations and daily attack against refugees and asylum seekers in Nauru cover the news headlines. Australia’s offshore asylum processing centres and human rights abuses…

Australian migration should look to Asia, not Europe

Humans migrate to more secure places for their survival. Migration is one of the most common evolutionary behaviour in the natural world humans belong to. Some people have to look for a safer place to escape from imminent danger. Others do so because they deem there are better chances of short-term and long-term survival in…

Two Faces of Migration

*This is the original version of “High Court detention-centre decision highlights duelling forces in migration,” The Interpreter, 11 February 2016. On 3 February 2016, the Australian High Court ruled its offshore detention centres as lawful institutions. It is a country’s sovereign right to determine how to treat asylum seekers in their territory. The High Court’s…

Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders

One of the most prominent mass migration issues that dominated the mainstream media in 2015 was the boat people in Australia. Most of them come from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iran or Myanmar/Burma where they face violence or persecution. In 2012 -3, more than 18,000 people arrived in Australia through illegal channels by sea, compared…