Deterring the ‘Boat People’: Explaining the Australian Government's People Swap Response to Asylum Seekers
University of Melbourne
University of Alberta - Department of Political Science
Australian Journal of Political Science 48(4): 417-430
This article examines why Australia has taken a tough stance on ‘boat people’, through an analysis of the Malaysian People Swap response. The findings support the view that Australia’s asylum seeker policy agenda is driven by populism, wedge politics and a culture of control. The article further argues that these political pressures, in sum, hold numerous negative implications for the tone of Australia’s political debate, the quality of policy formulation, as well as for asylum seekers and refugees themselves.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Australia, asylum seekers, People Swap
Date posted: April 9, 2013 ; Last revised: December 12, 2013