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Human Rights: Asylum Seekers

Year 12 Legal Studies

Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.


What's behind the recent increase in asylum seekers? More people are arriving in Australia by boat seeking asylum. 19 boats carrying asylum seekers have arrived in Australia since the Rudd Government abolished the previous government's Temporary Protection Visas and Pacific Solution scheme. What's behind the recent increase? The Opposition says the Government's gone soft. But the Government says its policies are firm and international conflicts are to blame. How do we strike a balance between humanitarian responsibility and border protection?

You Tube

Boat people have increasingly become an issue that dominates the political landscape. Now that both major parties have landed on the same policy, is the debate over?

"Refugees - Rights, Protection and Policies" Understanding the international legal obligations that Australia has to refugees and asylum seekers is crucial when it comes to separating myths from facts in contemporary Australian debates. In this series Professor Jane McAdam goes behind the headlines, defines the terms, explains the facts and provides thought leadership on this critical issue.

Australian Human Rights Commission

Seeking asylum in Australia is not illegal. In fact, it is a basic human right. All people are entitled to protection of their human rights, including the right to seek asylum, regardless of how or where they arrive in Australia.

Australian Red Cross


What's the difference between an asylum seeker, a refugee and a migrant? Are people who seek asylum and come to Australia by boat 'illegal'? Does Australia have more asylum claims than other countries.

Parliament of Australia

There is a difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee—asylum seekers are people seeking international protection but whose claims for refugee status have not yet been determined.

Refugee Council of Australia

People who ask for protection when they come to Australia claim asylum. These people are treated very differently from people who are ‘resettled’ from overseas.