'Turning back the boats': Australia's interdiction of irregular migrants at sea

Schloenhardt, Andreas and Craig, Colin (2015) 'Turning back the boats': Australia's interdiction of irregular migrants at sea. International Journal of Refugee Law, 27 4: 536-572. doi:10.1093/ijrl/eev045

Author Schloenhardt, Andreas
Craig, Colin
Title 'Turning back the boats': Australia's interdiction of irregular migrants at sea
Journal name International Journal of Refugee Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0953-8186
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/ijrl/eev045
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 536
End page 572
Total pages 37
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract At the end of 2013, the Australian Government reintroduced a policy to turn around or tow back vessels carrying irregular migrants, many of them asylum seekers. This policy is designed to prevent their arrival in Australia and return them to the place from where the vessels departed. A similar policy was in operation in late 2001 when, in the aftermath of the so-called ‘Tampa Affair’, four vessels were returned to Indonesia. This article examines the context, objectives, and controversies of this policy and explores the known successful and attempted ‘turn-backs’. The article critically evaluates the rationale and operation of the past and present policies and reflects on the question of whether to retain or repeal this approach.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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