Financing the Smuggling of Migrants in Australia

23 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2015

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Andreas Schloenhardt

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Thomas Cottrell

University of Queensland

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

In 2010, new offences were added to Australia's Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and Criminal Code (Cth) to criminalise financially supporting the smuggling of migrants. Further reforms followed in 2011 to prevent and suppress the use of alternative remittance systems to finance migrant smuggling. These measures have significant implications for Australia's migrant communities who frequently use the informal financial sector to support their families in their countries of origin. It is also not uncommon for migrant communities to provide the funds that will enable future migration of their relatives. This article explores and analyses the relevant laws designed to combat the financing of migrant smuggling and reflects on the actual and potential impact on the remittance flow between diaspora and home communities, and the ability of the legislative and regulatory measures to reduce the levels of migrant smuggling to Australia.

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Schloenhardt, Andreas and Cottrell, Thomas, Financing the Smuggling of Migrants in Australia (2014). Criminal Law Journal, 38 5: 265-286, 2014; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 15-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2611425

Andreas Schloenhardt (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Thomas Cottrell

University of Queensland

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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