Status Determination of Indochinese Boat Arrivals: A ‘Balancing Act’ in Australia

Bibliography File Note.

Type
Journal Article

Author
Claire Higgins

URL
http://ift.tt/2vaIjBi

Volume
30

Issue
1

Pages
89-105

Publication
Journal of Refugee Studies

ISSN
0951-6328

Date
2017/03/01

Journal Abbr
J Refug Stud

DOI
10.1093/jrs/fev036

Library Catalog
academic-oup-com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au

Abstract
This article examines the assessment of Indochinese refugees through Australia’s first formal refugee status determination procedure between 1978 and 1983. Drawing from a unique set of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) records, this is the first study to detail how the newly established Determination of Refugee Status (DORS) Committee’s decision-making on Indochinese boat arrivals evolved over time. The Committee provided a basis on which the then Fraser government could process the Indochinese who sailed directly to Australia, while attempting to reassure the Australian public that it remained in control of their arrival. Through revealing new details of DORS’ deliberations, this article provides an insight into inter-departmental debates about the Indochinese boat arrivals, and provides historical context for the Fraser government’s public insistence on accepting only ‘genuine’ refugees.

Short Title
Status Determination of Indochinese Boat Arrivals

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