Race, Security and Border Protection: Asylum Seekers in Contemporary Australia
This paper explores the connection between radicalised identities, political leadership and media representations in the construction of asylum and refugee policies. It argues that through exclusionary nationalist discourse and an emphasis on threats to national security, governments set the backdrop for asylum seekers to move from a humanitarian issue to a border protection issue.
Taking Australia as a case study, this paper will discuss the discursive representation of asylum seekers in the media and the role this discourse plays in shaping public opinion towards them. This paper will also reflect critically on recent legislative changes to the temporary protection mechanisms that can potentially undermine the core humanitarian principle of non-refoulement.
Keywords: Forced Migrants, Asylum Seekers, Human Rights, Social Exclusion
Prof. Fethi Mansouri
Associate Professor,, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University