In an age of increasing border controls and securitisation, many states have attempted to restrict access to asylum through a range of extraterritorial measures that seek to prevent asylum seekers from reaching territorial borders in order to apply for protection. Australia employs a range of extraterritorial border control measures in Southeast Asia, including carrier sanctions, disruption activities in countries of origin and asylum, the use of immigration officials and law enforcement agencies in foreign countries, the support and training of foreign law enforcement agencies, the offshore detention of asylum seekers, and the interception and turn-backs of boats on the High Seas. However, rather than controlling migration, it is argued that these policies have forced those who seek protection to use irregular, unauthorised and dangerous pathways to find safety.
This thesis will investigate Australia’s extraterritorial migration control activities in Southeast Asia, with specific focus on policies and operations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Building upon the growing literature on non-entrée policies, this research will explore the extent of Australia’s involvement in these operations, and the extraterritorial application of Australia’s human rights obligations in regards to these policies.
This blog (and more specifically the PhD Research page) is a place for random notes, interesting papers, records of Australia’s extra-territorial border controls, and other links findings as I explore this topic.