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Is Australia a model for the UK? A critical assessment of parallels of cruelty in refugee externalization policies

Matera, Margherita, Tubakovic, Tamara and Murray, Philomena (2023) Is Australia a model for the UK? A critical assessment of parallels of cruelty in refugee externalization policies. Journal of Refugee Studies, 36 (2). 271 - 293. ISSN 0951-6328

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jrs/fead016


For several years, Australia has been regarded by some politicians and observers in Europe as a model for hard-line policies towards refugees. At the same time, Australia's implementation of refugee externalization measures has been subject to considerable scholarly attention and critique. Although the Australian approach has featured prominently in political debates in several European states, this article analyses the implications of a possible adoption of the Australian offshore detention approach for refugee policy-making in the UK, and the consequences this will have for the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. The article considers how states might influence each other's policies - both directly and indirectly - by focusing on a case study of offshore detention and processing with regard to Australia's influence on - and similarity to - the UK, to the extent that we observe policy parallels, as the article brings to light substantial policy convergence of detrimental practice of these two countries.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s).
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2023 10:12
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2024 18:12

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