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Migration and border policy links: Regional Australia, irregular channels, Philippine migration policy and more

Manus Island's transit centre, the shortcomings of Britain's asylum support system, Greek islands at breaking point and more.

The US-Mexico border fence at Tijuana, Baja California, July 2017 (Photo: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)
The US-Mexico border fence at Tijuana, Baja California, July 2017 (Photo: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)
Published 13 Jul 2017   Follow @rebuckland

  • Writing for The Conversation, Emily Longstaff considers the contribution of international migrants in regional Australia.
  • Ahead of the closure of the Manus Island detention centre, ABC reports that asylum seekers are ‘afraid’ to move to the island’s transit centre. For an insider perspective on Manus Island detention, listen to The Messenger podcast.
  • In the context of the 2015 Andaman Sea Crisis, the International Organization for Migration has published a report detailing reasons why migrants travel through irregular channels and challenges faced upon return to Bangladesh.
  • Refugee Action has published a report detailing shortcomings of Britain’s asylum support system.
  • Writing for Border Criminologies, Mohamad Alhussein Saoud and Marta Welander draw on Refugee Rights Data Project research to argue that the Greek island Chios is at breaking point.
  • The American Immigration Council, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Latham and Watkins LLP have filed a class action lawsuit against the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The suit challenges the legality of CBP’s practice of turning away bona fide asylum seekers at ports of entry along the US-Mexico border.
  • The Brookings Institution’s Christine Stenglein draws on CBP recruitment woes and questions the practicality of President’s Trump call to hire an addition 5000 Border Patrol officers.
  • The Migration Policy Institute’s Maruja MB Asis has published a must-read profile on Philippine migration policy, which draws on the country’s reliance on foreign workers and consequences for development.

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