The British tabloids and the Home Office are united by their assumption that asylum seekers who lie during their claims are undeserving of protection. Yet this view runs contrary both to widely held moral principle and refugee law.
Shifting the migration debate to consider the impact
of global phenomena such as climate change and global capitalism on the
movement of people requires an understanding of scarcity and insecurity as
factors which affect citizens and non-citizens alike.
The unending series of mass drownings in the Mediterranean of migrants and refugees are not unfortunate tragedies: they are the dread outworking of the occluding of humanitarian concern by the rhetoric of border control.
prospect of execution of two Australians in Indonesia has caught international
media attention, amid Australian protest. But these are part of a wider
official spasm, in a country dominated by a ‘tough on crime’ narrative.