The securitisation of migrant smuggling in Australia and its consequences for the Bali Process

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Melissa Curley

Author
Kahlia Vandyk

URL
http://ift.tt/2aghBiz

Pages
1-21

Publication
Australian Journal of International Affairs

ISSN
1035-7718

Date
July 20, 2016

DOI
10.1080/10357718.2016.1181149

Accessed
2016-07-29 22:16:06

Library Catalog
Taylor and Francis+NEJM

Abstract
This article analyses the Bali Process in the context of Australia’s securitised approach to migrant smuggling, and the consequences this has for both the Australia–Indonesia diplomatic relationship and the Bali Process overall. The Bali Process is the premier regional forum for combating migrant smuggling and is well placed to discuss and develop regional cooperation policies on irregular migration within the region. In particular, the Bali Process remains a key domain where Australia and Indonesia can contest and amend the norms and practices around the human rights of refugees and asylum-seekers. This article traces and analyses the emergence of Australia’s bilateral agreements for offshore processing and resettlement between 2011 and 2014, which Australian political elites aligned rhetorically to the Bali Process, but which the authors argue remain in tension with stated Bali Process objectives in terms of rights and protections for asylum-seekers and refugees. This article identifies that Australia’s security-driven policies and regional disagreements over humanitarian responsibility remain an ongoing tension within Bali Process states, and provides commentary on the implications of this for future Australian policy relating to regional cooperation on irregular migration.

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