Academics for Refugees call for National Policy Summit in 2017

The Academics for Refugees Policy Paper calls for A Just and Humane Approach for Refugees.  It makes a numbers of recommendations that are supported by sound scholarly research. It also call for a National Policy Summit.

The Policy Paper can be downloaded here.

Over 2,300 academics from universities across Australia have now signed an Open Letter to Prime Minister Turnbull and Members of Parliament. You can view the complete list of signatories hereAcademics at universities in Australia can add their name to the Open Letter here

The Policy Paper recommends that Australia end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum. The Policy Paper sets out practical and sound measures to be considered by the Australian government in order to adopt a just and humane approach towards people seeking asylum in Australia. Such an approach recognises that it is lawful to seek asylum and that people should not be penalised for how the arrive in Australia. 

We recommend that the Australian government should adopt the following four measures:

New regional and global approaches are required. The Policy Paper recommends that Australia should:

 Finally, the Policy Paper calls on the Australian government to convene a National Policy Summit in 2017. The Summit should bring together asylum seekers, refugees and former refugees; migrant and refugee advocates; policy experts; community representatives; and politicians from all parties. The Summit should result in constructive policy options and solutions for people seeking asylum that:

The Policy Paper was written by several scholars from a variety of disciplines across Australian universities. It was published in August 2016.

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