Let Me Be a Refugee

Administrative Justice and the Politics of Asylum in the United States, Canada, and Australia

Author: Rebecca Hamlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199373329

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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International law provides states with a common definition of a "refugee" as well as guidelines outlining how asylum claims should be decided. Yet even across nations with many commonalities, the processes of determining refugee status look strikingly different. This book compares the refugee status determination (RSD) regimes of three popular asylum seeker destinations: the United States, Canada, and Australia. Though they exhibit similarly high levels of political resistance to accepting asylum seekers, refugees access three very different systems-none of which are totally restrictive or expansive-once across their borders. These differences are significant both in terms of asylum seekers' experience of the process and in terms of their likelihood of being designated as refugees. Based on a multi-method analysis of all three countries, including a year of fieldwork with in-depth interviews of policy-makers and asylum-seeker advocates, observations of refugee status determination hearings, and a large-scale case analysis, Rebecca Hamlin finds that cross-national differences have less to do with political debates over admission and border control policy than with how insulated administrative decision-making is from either political interference or judicial review. Administrative justice is conceptualized and organized differently in every state, and so states vary in how they draw the line between refugee and non-refugee.
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Asylum Policy, Boat People and Political Discourse

Boats, Votes and Asylum in Australia and Italy

Author: Irial Glynn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137517336

Category: Political Science

Page: 218

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This book compares the policies of Australia and Italy towards boat people who have arrived in the two countries since the early 1990s. While the regular and varied inflow of immigrants arriving at national airports, ferry terminals and train stations is seldom witnessed by the public, the arrival of boat people is often played out in the media and consequently attracts disproportionate political and public attention. Both Australia and Italy faced similar dilemmas, but the nature of political debate on the issue, the types of strategies introduced, and the effects that policy changes had on boat people diverged considerably. This book argues that contrasting migration path dependencies, disparate political values within the Left, and varying international obligations best explain the different approaches taken by the two countries to boat people.
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Administrative Law from the Inside Out

Essays on Themes in the Work of Jerry L. Mashaw

Author: Nicholas Parrillo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107159512

Category: Law

Page: 544

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This collection of essays interrogate and extend the work of Jerry Mashaw, the most boundary-pushing scholar in the field of administrative law.
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Refuge beyond Reach

How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers

Author: David Scott FitzGerald

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190874171

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Media pundits, politicians, and the public are often skeptical or ambivalent about granting asylum. They fear that asylum-seekers will impose economic and cultural costs and pose security threats to nationals. Consequently, governments of rich, democratic countries attempt to limit who can approach their borders, which often leads to refugees breaking immigration laws. In Refuge beyond Reach, David Scott FitzGerald traces how rich democracies have deliberately and systematically shut down most legal paths to safety. Drawing on official government documents, information obtained via WikiLeaks, and interviews with asylum seekers, he finds that for ninety-nine percent of refugees, the only way to find safety in one of the prosperous democracies of the Global North is to reach its territory and then ask for asylum. FitzGerald shows how the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia comply with the letter of law while violating the spirit of those laws through a range of deterrence methods-first designed to keep out Jews fleeing the Nazis-that have now evolved into a pervasive global system of "remote control." While some of the most draconian remote control practices continue in secret, Fitzgerald identifies some pressure points and finds that a diffuse humanitarian obligation to help those in need is more difficult for governments to evade than the law alone. Refuge beyond Reach addresses one of the world's most pressing challenges-how to manage flows of refugees and other types of migrants-and helps to identify the conditions under which individuals can access the protection of their universal rights.
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Let Me be a Refugee

Asylum Seekers and the Transformation of Law in the United States, Canada, and Australia

Author: Rebecca Elizabeth Hamlin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: 496

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International Law Reports

Author: Elihu Lauterpacht,Christopher J. Greenwood,A. G Oppenheimer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521879205

Category: Law

Page: 830

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Reports in English on decisions of international courts and arbitrators and judgments of national courts.
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