Journal article

The Human Rights Implications of Australian and Indonesian Anti-Smuggling Laws

Susan Kneebone, Antje Missbach

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies | Inderscience | Published : 2018


In this paper we explain the ‘crimmigration’ motives – the intersection of criminal law and migration law – of both the Australian and Indonesian Governments and examine the impact and human rights implications of their laws. We show that, in the case of Australia, crimmigration of smuggled asylum seekers was a deliberate policy from the late 1990s onwards, consistent with Australia’s stance on transnational crime. In the case of Indonesia, the ‘illegality’ of asylum seeking and the use of the smuggling trope came about more by default and from a desire to cooperate with Australia. We further show that in both countries the target of anti-smuggling laws is mainly low-level crew and minor pla..

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