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The experiences of people seeking asylum in Australia and Indonesia

Cover of Cosmpolitan Civil SocietiesA special edition of the journal Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal was published in August 2016 which focuses on the responses to and experiences of people seeking asylum in Australia and Indonesia. The edition is co-authored by Caroline Fleay and Lisa Hartley, both from the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University.

What will you learn?

This special edition looks at the experiences of people seeking asylum in Australia and Indonesia after the Australian Government’s policy of Operation Sovereign Borders began in September 2013. These policies make it harder for people to seek asylum in Australia. Once here, they face an uncertain future with limited rights and restrictive refugee status determination procedures.

This special edition contains five articles examining how refugee communities, civil society groups and governments in the region are responding to the needs of increasing numbers of people requiring protection. The journal also highlights examples of the resilience of refugee communities and the agencies supporting them.
The contributing authors cover:

  • The work of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), a regional civil society network that distributes information on the experiences of refugees and people seeking asylum in the region and conducts advocacy
  • The refugee experience in Indonesia following the introduction of Operation Sovereign Borders
  • The experience of Rohingya people seeking asylum who were denied protection by the Australian Government
  • An examination of the employment prospects of people seeking asylum who arrived in Australia by boat, and
  • The experiences of people seeking asylum who came by boat to Australia after 13 August 2012 and were eventually released from immigration detention into the community. This article also examines the changes to the processing of their refugee claims with limited government -funded legal support, and the resulting trauma.

Who would find this special edition journal useful?

  • Anyone who is researching or wanting information on the experience of people seeking asylum in Australian and Indonesia following the introduction of Operation Sovereign Borders. and
  • Refugee groups and agencies looking for innovative ways to adjust to difficult circumstances.

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