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Controlling Migration By Sea: The Australian Case

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This chapter focuses on 'Controlling Migration by Sea', the emphasis will be upon the 'boat people' who have challenged the visa regime and all that it stands for, namely, the desire to control 'who shall come to this country and the conditions in which they come' as previous Prime Minister John Howard so often recited. It discusses the policy of excision of off -shore territory and extra-territorial and off -shore processing which was introduced through the Pacific Plan formulated in 2001. It describes the development of Australia's national legal policy to refugees. The chapter also discusses the regional context and to an evaluation of extra-territorial and off -shore processing as practised in Australia. It explains the role of Indonesia in dealing with this 'refugee crisis' and the importance of Australia's relationship with Indonesia.

Keywords: Australia's national legal policy; boat people; extra-territorial processing; Indonesia; migration control; off -shore processing; refugee



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