Alien Fears: Politics and Immigration Control
Mary Elizabeth Crock
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
August 4, 2010
Dialogue, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 20-30, 2010
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/73
This article explores the way that fear of the alien outsider has shaped the law and the national character in Australia. The ‘price of fear’ in the area of immigration control is particularly acute in managing the phenomenon of asylum seekers and irregular migrants presenting as ‘boat people’. The article critiques key aspects of policies introduced to deter and contain these people – namely mandatory detention, temporary protection visas and offshore processing. It considers also the broader impact of exclusionary policies in a multicultural and polyglot society like that of Australia – where one in four people are either overseas born or have an overseas born parent.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: refugees, asylum seekers, politics, human rights, detention, citizenship
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33
Date posted: August 4, 2010 ; Last revised: June 23, 2013
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