Beyond the boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term is a major report from the Centre For Policy Development. It prompted the creation of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration and was part of the early work of the Indo-Pacific Program.
It is based on the proceedings of a high level roundtable on asylum and refugee policy convened by Centre for Policy Development, Australia21 and the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW.
Beyond the boats urges all parties to construct an overarching national asylum and refugee policy for the long term.
Beyond the boats recommends:
Beyond the boats presents a nine-point framework to manage arrivals, conditions and treatment, as well as guiding regional and community engagement.
Beyond the boats also recommends expanding pathways for humanitarian settlement, such as through orderly departure arrangements, swift determination of claims and improved conditions including work rights.
The recommendations recognise the broad framework of existing refugee policy commands cross party support, and seeks to build on this to provide a more constructive and humane way forward that is consistent with Australian values.
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