The ethics of resettlement: Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region

Type
Journal Article

Author
Maria O’Sullivan

URL
http://ift.tt/22ebCyx

Pages
1-23

Publication
The International Journal of Human Rights

ISSN
1364-2987

Date
December 8, 2015

DOI
10.1080/13642987.2015.1103523

Accessed
2016-02-12 11:48:37

Library Catalog
Taylor and Francis+NEJM

Abstract
One of the key problems at the heart of refugee protection today is that there are large numbers of refugees attempting to seek asylum and insufficient political will in many asylum-host states to receive refugees in their territories. A proportion of these attempt to come to Australia to seek refuge – either by requesting a resettlement place through the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or by arriving directly in Australian territory (by boat or plane). Asylum-seekers who arrive by boat are disadvantaged and penalised under Australian law in that they are excluded from Australian territory and processed offshore in third countries. Successive Australian governments justify these measures by emphasising that resettlement is the ‘proper’ mode for claiming asylum which ensures protection is given to those refugees who are most in need. This raises fundamental ethical questions: are those chosen by resettlement countries such as Australia necessarily the refugees who are most in need? Is resettlement as a concept ethical? And should resettlement be utilised to prevent and penalise spontaneous arrivals attempting to seek asylum in a country?

Short Title
The ethics of resettlement

March 14, 2016 at 10:50AM

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