Australia–Indonesia cooperation on asylum-seekers: a case of ‘incentivised policy transfer’

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Amy Nethery

Author
Carly Gordyn

URL
http://ift.tt/1SG4iZE

Volume
68

Issue
2

Pages
177-193

Publication
Australian Journal of International Affairs

ISSN
1035-7718

Date
March 15, 2014

DOI
10.1080/10357718.2013.841122

Accessed
2016-05-02 13:47:47

Library Catalog
Taylor and Francis+NEJM

Abstract
Australia and Indonesia have engaged in cooperation on asylum policy since the late 1990s, bilaterally on immigration detention and people-smuggling agreements, and multilaterally through the Bali Process. Seen from a global perspective, this form of cooperation is one of many such bilateral and multilateral agreements that stymie the ability of asylum-seekers to gain effective and durable protection. This article argues that policy transfer theory can explain how these agreements are achieved, their political implications, and their outcome for the refugee regime and the asylum-seekers reliant on the regime for protection. In the case study of Australia and Indonesia, the authors argue that the cooperation is best understood as a form of ‘incentivised policy transfer’, whereby Australia has provided substantial financial and diplomatic incentives to Indonesia to adopt policies consistent with Australia’s own. The implications for asylum-seekers in the Asia-Pacific region are substantial, and include an increase in the use of immigration detention in Indonesia and the introduction of border security measures that restrict the ability of asylum-seekers to reach territory where they may claim protection under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Short Title
Australia–Indonesia cooperation on asylum-seekers

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