People smugglers in Indonesia: definitely not out of business, 25 November 2015

When the Liberal/National coalition won the Australian election in September 2013, they immediately implemented new border and asylum policies, primarily intended to ‘stop the boats,’ under the name Operation Sovereign Borders.

Asylum seekers coming to Australia via Indonesia could no longer land on Australian shores and seek protection, but were either taken to island camps in Nauru and Manus (Papua New Guinea) or returned to their country of origin or to Indonesia, their last country of their last embarkation.

The ultimate goal wasn’t just to stop the flow of maritime asylum seekers, but also to crack down on people-smuggling networks thriving on both sides of the Arafura Sea.

The Australian government’s declared goal was to ‘break the people smugglers’ business model,’ a formula introduced by the preceding Labor government.

Read the full article at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law website…