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Echoes of the Old Countries or Brave New Worlds? Legal Responses to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Australia and New Zealand


Mary Elizabeth Crock


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

July 8, 2009

Revue Québécoise de Droit International, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 55-89, 2001
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/65

Abstract:     
Australia's response to the mobile asylum seeker phenomenon reveals many resonances with the approaches adopted in the "old World" of the European Union - and, more recently, in the United States. This paper argues that, in Australia’s case, some "borrowings" from Europe and North America have been inappropriate for this region. Far from evincing a commitment to global solutions and rationalized responses to humanitarian crises, the Australian initiatives suggest a country immersed in local concerns and self-interest. In spite of its tiny size and geographical isolation, the openness of New Zealand’s laws provides some interesting contrast material. Of equal interest, however, is the attention the world is beginning to pay to Australia’s asylum laws – most particularly those relating to the detention and removal of asylum seekers who come as unauthorized arrivals.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: asylum seekers, immigrations, New Zealand, Australia, dentention

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

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Date posted: July 10, 2009  

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Crock, Mary Elizabeth, Echoes of the Old Countries or Brave New Worlds? Legal Responses to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Australia and New Zealand (July 8, 2009). Revue Québécoise de Droit International, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 55-89, 2001; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/65. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1431730

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University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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