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January 19, 2009

Are asylum seekers queue jumpers?

Filed under: asylum — Nayano @ 3:38 pm
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Do you think asylum seekers are ‘queue jumpers’?
It is true that there are no ‘queues’ to join in places like Afghanistan.
It is also true that women and children make up most displaced persons and refugees in refugee camps, but that they are a very small minority of the people who seek asylum once they are in the country of their destination, like Australia’s ‘boat people’.
What do you think?



  1. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UNCHR Refugee Convention and Protocol – both of which Australia is a signatory, there (should not be) are no such issue of “queue jumping”.

    Article 6 of the UDHR states:
    1. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law,
    Article 13:
    1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
    2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
    and Article 14 :
    1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
    2. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

    One wonders why countries sign documents like the UDHR and UNHCR Refugee C&P and not follow the articles. They tend get away with different types of “interpretations”.

    Comment by Raj — January 22, 2009 @ 11:48 am | Reply

    • Great comment!
      I think that governments are torn between their duty to preserve the state and protect their citizens, and, in the case of democratic states, the duty to meet the cosmopolitan principles which undergird the legitimacy of their sovereignty. It is a struggle that will never end, I think – and the role of residents is to continuously push the state to more expression of theirduty to human rights.

      Comment by nayano — January 30, 2009 @ 7:21 am | Reply

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