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Posted 4 Jun 2018 02:00PM

There’s a workable alternative to Australia’s asylum policy

The bad example set by Australia is damaging a global system already in crisis. But it’s not too late to change tack

This includes the idea that the arrival of a refugee in a specific country should not necessarily equate to permanent settlement there, the preference for admitting refugees through the resettlement program, and discouraging asylum seekers from risking their lives at sea.

The unilateral way in which Australia has pursued these policies has undermined refugee protection and set a bad example for other governments. But these policies can form part of a humane refugee policy, if used as part of a broader collective regional response."

Professor James Hathaway is director of the program in refugee and asylum law at the University of Michigan

Dr Daniel Ghezelbash is a senior lecturer at Macquarie Law School and visiting fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He is the author of Refuge Lost: Asylum Law in an Interdependent World

FOR FULL ARTICLE in The Guardian Australia on 1 June 2018, CLICK HERE