‘Turning Back the Boats’: Australia’s Interdiction of Irregular Migrants at Sea

Bibliography File Note.

Type
Journal Article

Author
Andreas Schloenhardt

Author
Colin Craig

URL
http://ift.tt/24iFfmL

Volume
27

Issue
4

Pages
536-572

Publication
International Journal of Refugee Law

ISSN
0953-8186, 1464-3715

Date
12/01/2015

Journal Abbr
Int J Refugee Law

DOI
10.1093/ijrl/eev045

Accessed
2016-05-02 14:02:38

Library Catalog
ijrl.oxfordjournals.org.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au

Language
en

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.

Short Title
‘Turning Back the Boats’

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