Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

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Read this article and share your views with colleagues. Is the Australian "Pacific solution" against human rights? What do you think of Nauru and the other "prison islands"?

As always, you can share your view by writing in your own journal, but also commenting on what others have written.

The Australian Pacific Solution


What is breathtaking about Australia's asylum policy (and it shares this with the UK, and, quite possibly, other countries) is that Australia seeks to prevent asylum seekers from ever reaching its shores, and to "process" them offshore, precisely because it knows that if the asylum seekers reached Australia, they would probably be entitled to asylum. Somewhat reminiscent of the US establishing the camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because they know that if it were on US soil, the inmates would be entitled to the protection of US law, which would order them to be released.

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