Sending Refugees to a Safe Third Country

Australia has “boat people” issues that far exceed Canada’s.  According to The Economist, in 2010 134 boats carrying 6,535 refugee-claimants landed off the shores of Australia.  The Australian government has introduced many policies to reduce those numbers, including the controversial detention of most sea-arrival refugee claimants on Christmas Island. Another potential policy, which was recently struck down by the High Court of Australia, was to exchange certain refugee claimants with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees recognized refugees in Malaysia.   Under the arrangement, Australia would send 800 seaborne asylum-seekers to join […]

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