20 July 2012

Australia: Preventing Deaths at Sea

The Conversation has assembled a panel of six academic experts to discuss how best to prevent deaths of asylum seekers at sea. This initiative shadows the efforts of a government panel established to "provide a report on the best way forward for Australia to prevent asylum seekers risking their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia."  The objective of The Conversation's panel:
"Over the coming week, members of the panel and other leading academics will consider what research can tell us about the loss of lives at sea en route to Australia. In the second week, the panel will use this research to form a set of policy responses. During this period, panel members will debate through a blog the various aspects of the research and the policy options and implementation."
Blog posts from expert panel members include (watch for more later):
  • Asylum seekers in Indonesia: why do they get on boats? [text]
  • How immigration policy harms asylum seekers' mental health [text]

Researchers beyond those on the panel are invited to contribute their work to the repository and their comments to the debate.  To learn how, click here and scroll down to "We need you and your research."

Here are some of the comments submitted earlier to the government's expert panel:

For other analysis on asylum seeker issues in Australia, visit the relevant web page on The Conversation's site.

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