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

Revue Québécoise de Droit International, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 55-89, 2001

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/65

36 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2009  

Mary Elizabeth Crock

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: July 8, 2009

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.

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

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431730

Mary Elizabeth Crock (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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