Research challenges boat turn-back policy

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And read related article in the Brisbane Times (9 May 2015) here –

Report to UN busts asylum seeker myths: Researcher

Research shows that Australia’s policy to turn-back boats does little to combat migrant smuggling.

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13 March 2015

Research by The University of Queensland’s Migrant Smuggling Working Group shows that Australia’s policy to turn-back boats does little to combat migrant smuggling, violates international obligations and jeopardises the fragile relationship with Indonesia.

Professor of Criminal Law and coordinator of the Migrant Smuggling Working Group Dr Andreas Schloenhardt said that effect of the policy was questionable.

Professor Schloenhardt, who has previously criticised the Australian government’s boat turn-back policy for shifting the problem to other countries, said “the only meaningful way to control the problem was to create more legal avenues for migration”.