2 July 2013
The Foreign Minister calling asylum seekers economic refugees is inflammatory and will not make the problem disappear, writes Professor Mary Crock.
"While Australia is experiencing a surge in irregular migrants seeking protection as refugees, so are many countries around the world: this is a global trend.
"It is disturbing that so many are arriving by boat, risking lives in the process.
"However, it is not surprising that so many maritime asylum seekers are found to be refugees - people who have a ''well-founded fear'' of being persecuted for one of the five Refugee Convention reasons: race, religion, nationality, membership of a social group or political opinion.
"The simple truth is that using people smugglers to reach Australia by boat is dangerous and difficult. It is not an option taken lightly or for no good reason."View the entire article - Overheated Carr takes aim at scapegoats in boats - The Age
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