Promises and pitfalls: the SIEV 221 incident and its aftermath

Schloenhardt, Andreas and Johnston, James (2017) Promises and pitfalls: the SIEV 221 incident and its aftermath. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 281-307. doi:10.1504/IJMBS.2017.10006493

Author Schloenhardt, Andreas
Johnston, James
Title Promises and pitfalls: the SIEV 221 incident and its aftermath
Journal name International Journal of Migration and Border Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-2419
Publication date 2017-07-19
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1504/IJMBS.2017.10006493
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 281
End page 307
Total pages 27
Place of publication Olney, United Kingdom
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Language eng
Abstract On 15 December 2010, 50 asylum seekers drowned when the wooden fishing vessel used to take them from Indonesia to Australia, referred to as SIEV 221 by Australian authorities, crashed against the cliffs of Christmas Island and sank. This incident, which unfolded before the eyes of many locals and was broadcast around the world, shocked the Australian public and led to calls for a radical change of Australia's response to irregular maritime arrivals and migrant smuggling. This research note documents and examines the background and events of the SIEV 221 tragedy and its aftermath, including relevant official reviews, inquests, criminal and civil proceedings. The paper explores the pitfalls that led to this incident and assesses the response to the tragedy against the promises made by the Australian Government at that time.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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