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Proposal for Australia’s role in a regional cooperative approach to the flow of asylum seekers into and within the Asia-Pacific region

Immigration Refugees Forced migration Asylum seekers Environmental refugees Australia Asia-Pacific

The Law Council of Australia recognises that forced displacement affects a significant number of people worldwide, and that the number of people seeking international protection, and a safe and viable way in which to access it, continues to increase.



The Law Council therefore proposes that the Australian government work with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to establish a cooperative and transparent approach in response to the flow of asylum seekers into and within the region, including by:



(a) addressing the protection and material needs of asylum seekers and recognised refugees in the region; and



(b) upholding the human rights of all people within the territory and subject to the jurisdiction of countries in the region.

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