Blog Posts: Australia

Australia's Stop the Boat Policy

Australia’s new asylum policy aimed at cracking down on refugees coming by boat has sparked much international controversy. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently introduced the new “military-led Operation Sovereign Borders.”[1] This policy allows the Australian navy to turn around any boat containing asylum seekers without giving them any chance of having their refugee claims heard.

This new policy made international headlines when a group of 56 asylum seekers from Pakistan and Bangladesh were sent back to Indonesia by the Australian navy. The navy placed the refugees in an Australian lifeboat near the Indonesian maritime border with a document stating they only had enough fuel to make it back to Indonesia, and that any attempt to continue their voyage towards Australia would be futile. The document went further to say that if the refugees were to continue their voyage to Australia, then they would face harsh penalties, including the possibility of jail.


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No Comments | Posted by Raymond L. Echevarria (Ray) on Mon. February 10, 2014 8:00 AM
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