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Knocking on closed doors: Refugees in ASEAN

  • Shaffira D. Gayatri and Alldo Fellix Januardy

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 29, 2018   /  02:14 pm
Knocking on closed doors: Refugees in ASEAN Sticking together: A Somalian refugee and her children walk in front of the West Jakarta Immigration Detention House. (JP/ Rifky Dewandaru)

“A strong commitment to regional peace and security” was at the core of the Sydney Declaration, issued at the first-ever ASEAN-Australia Special Summit (March 16 to 18), which Australia hosted for the first time as a dialogue partner. The summit, which focused on economic cooperation and cybersecurity, signals Australia’s intention to establish stronger ties with ASEAN countries. On the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state, Myanmar, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull stated, “Our goal is to support the peaceful and speedy resolution of the humanitarian [...] disaster that has resulted from the conflict.” Unfortunately, forced displacement remains a largely unaddressed issue in the region. The situation of refugees and asylum seekers in ASEAN is greatly affected by the asylum policies of Western countries, particularly Australia. According to the European C...

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