Towards sanctuary: securing refugees and forced migrants in multicultural Australia

Hayes, Anna, and Mason, Robert (2012) Towards sanctuary: securing refugees and forced migrants in multicultural Australia. In: Hayes, Anna, and Mason, Robert, (eds.) Cultures in Refuge: seeking sanctuary in modern Australia. Studies in Migration and Diaspora . Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK, pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

The notion of sanctuary has been an integral part of the history of Europeans' presence in Australia, since the earliest interactions between Aboriginal inhabitants and Dutch sailors lost near the western coast. Throughout the nineteenth century, new arrivals (whether convicts, free settlers or participants in organised migration schemes) continued to arrive with the hope that Australia would offer them economic opportunity and safety. Indeed, whilst Europeans forcibly displaced Australia's Indigenous population, the white colonies came to reimagine themselves as one part of a global network of settler societies that offered new opportunity to fashion a more just world. The chapters in this collection focus on the period following the development of Australia's vaunted multicultural model. Contributors interrogate how the experience of receiving sanctuary and refuge affects the formation and expression of refugees' and forced migrants' identities in Australia. In doing so, it focuses on the frequent disjuncture between receiving official sanctuary and feeling secure in one's self and community. The collection deliberately blurs the legal distinctions between migrants and refugees in order to engage more directly with subjectivities of new arrivals' lived experience and social networks in their new homes.

Item ID: 41253
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: migration, sanctuary, Australian multiculturalism, asylum seekers, refugees, Pacific Solution,
ISBN: 978-140943475-7
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 02:49
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1603 Demography > 160303 Migration @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship @ 100%
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