APRRN Coordinator gives Radio Interview on Regional efforts to discourage risky boat journeys

Regional efforts to discourage risky boat journeys

Posted 25 June 2012, 16:59 AEST

To listen to the interview, click here:  http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/onairhighlights/regional-efforts-to-discourage-risky-boat-journeys/966980

A lack of regional coordination means asylum seekers will continue to make dangerous boat journeys to secure refugee status in safe countries.

 

But arguments for a regional solution have been centered too much around respective countries’ security concerns, according to Anoop Sukumaran, Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Anoop Sukumaran also tells Adelaine Ng he’s been arguing that countries of transit and destination need to focus on making each stage of the journey safe for asylum seekers, if we are to discourage risky boat journeys.

He also says that contrary to popular perception in Australia, there are no queues and hence no queue-jumpers in the asylum seeking process.

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