Asylum Seekers in Australia

On February 3, the High Court of Australia ruled that the country’s offshore processing arrangements with Nauru are authorised under Australian law - but the court did not consider whether the policy complies with international law. Now let me explain what that means. It means that Australia is going to be conducting processing of Asylum Seekers off of the mainland in Nauru in order to clear space in Australia. The result is 267 asylum seekers - including 91 children, of whom 37 were born in Australia - are now at risk of involuntary transfer to Nauru, a bankrupt island in the middle of the Pacific. Twenty-three men are also at risk of return to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, some of whom suffer from serious physical and mental health problems. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull responded to the court decision by immediately proclaiming that “our borders are secure. The line has to be drawn somewhere and it is drawn at our border.” The problem is the line is drawn on the wrong side of the relevant principles - that every asylum seeker who comes to Australia should have access to a fair and timely asylum process in Australia, and that Australia has an obligation to provide special protection for children. Australia needs to change their ruling before it is too late for these Asylum Seekers. What are they to do in a bankrupt island? What do you think about this issue? How about the regulations for other asylum seekers in other countries?

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