A possie in Aussie

June 29, 2009

Asylum seekers: what works to keep them out?

Filed under: asylum,asylum seeker,boat people,refugee — Nayano @ 8:03 am
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I am sorry to repeat myself, but it seems to be necessary in the light of the interception yesterday of another boat of asylum seekers carrying nearly 200 asylum seekers Navy intercepts 194 on asylum boat

John Ray, who calls his blog International Immigration Watch, is still convinced by the opposition arguments that Prime Minister Rudd’s ‘soft’ asylum laws are responsible

John recalls Shadow Immigration Minister Sharman Stone as he begins his post:

“Wishy-washy Leftist laws and regulations have revived the flow that the conservative Howard government stopped. The boatloads of “refugees” heading for Australia are getting bigger and bigger

There has been quite a bit of research asking the question: what works in controlling the arrival of asylum seekers.

Here are the results:

Policy changes have minimal influence on flows of asylum seekers (Holzer, Schneider and Widmer 2000; Robinson and Segrott 2002; Cornelius, Martin and Hollifield 2004).

Policies that restrict access to territory and tighten refugee status procedures are responsible for any deterrence effect, not those restricting integration or socioeconomic conditions (Hatton 2008, 28).

Northern European countries have many times more asylum seekers than we do, and are even more desperate for solutions, but European commissioner Franco Frattini admitted that ‘when thousands of people are ready to die in order to gain a future in Europe, it means that the fortress is indefensible” (Migreurop 2006).

It was not until interdiction was increased and ‘migration zones’ excised from northern Australia that the numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat decreased.

Under the Rudd government interdiction has continued – indeed, it has been increased. The ‘migration zones’ still stand.

The main reason flows of asylum seekers decreased under the Hoard government? They decreased around the world.

Have a look at this:Asylum applications

Thanks to Pollytics for this figure.

(If you would like information about the sources cited – just make a request in the ‘Comments’)



  1. Yes, I would like more details about the references cited, please.
    I may forward them to the Amnesty International group I’m (loosely) involved with.

    Comment by Stephen White — July 1, 2009 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

    • Here you go – enjoy! 😉
      Hatton, T. “The Rise and Fall of Asylum: What Happened and Why? DISCUSSION PAPER NO. 577.” The Australian National University Centre for Economic Policy Research. March 2008. http://econrsss.anu.edu.au/pdf/DP577.pdf (accessed September 5, 2008).
      Holzer, T., G. Schneider, and T. Widmer. “The Impact of Legislative Deterrence Measures on the Number of Asylum Applications in Switzerland.” International Migration Review 34 , no. 4 (2000): 1182–1216.
      Robinson, V., and J. Segrott. “Understanding the Decision-Making of Asylum Seekers: Home Office Research Study 243.” Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate. July 2002. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs2/hors243.pdf (accessed June 11, 2006).
      Cornelius, W., P. Martin, and J. Hollifield. Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective. 2nd edn. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004 .

      Comment by nayano — July 2, 2009 @ 7:33 am | Reply

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