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Alien Fears: Politics and Immigration Control

Dialogue, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 20-30, 2010

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/73

9 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2010 Last revised: 23 Jun 2013

Mary Elizabeth Crock

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: August 4, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: refugees, asylum seekers, politics, human rights, detention, citizenship

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Crock, Mary Elizabeth, Alien Fears: Politics and Immigration Control (August 4, 2010). Dialogue, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 20-30, 2010; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/73. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1653224

Mary 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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