Amid a fourfold increase in small boats making an attempt to cross the Channel and get to the British isles this calendar year, Downing Street and ministers have requested International Place of work officials to take into consideration a large vary of choices to prevent asylum seekers, in accordance to leaked documents past month. Proposals consist of offshore asylum processing centres, with a single document suggesting Boris Johnson is personally included in the program, stating: ‘In addition to the function on OT [British overseas territory] choices, the PM has requested for FCDO tips on prospective 3rd-country locations. We are requested to recommend choices for a British isles scheme very similar to the Australian agreement with Papua New Guinea.’
Guardian Australia reporter Ben Doherty tells Rachel Humphreys about the record of Australia’s immigration insurance policies, commencing in 2001, right after the Tampa crisis, when a Norwegian freighter that had rescued additional than 400 mainly Afghan Hazara refugees from their sinking vessel in intercontinental waters 140km north of Christmas Island was refused entry into Australian waters. The MV Tampa delivered the conservative Coalition govt with a catalyst for motion. That was the institution of “offshore detention” camps on Nauru and on Papua New Guinea, the so-named Pacific remedy. The detention services have been the issue of serious criticism by intercontinental observers and human rights groups. Journalist Behrouz Boochani, who fled Iran for Australia in 2013, was despatched to Manus Island. He describes the detention centre as worse than a jail and warns the British isles to assume challenging before they look to replicate the Australian method. “If you do this, you shed your humanity” he tells Rachel.
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