Intercepting Boat Arrivals: What the Australian Policy Model Means for Canadian Asylum Policy

Author: Heather Johnson

en Agenda Canada-Asie   (6 pages)

The arrival of Sri Lankan asylum seekers on MV Sun Sea in August 2010 has prompted intense public debate about the effectiveness and appropriateness of Canada’s asylum seeker determination system. In drawing parallels with the Australian experience, Canadian policymakers have been eyeing Australia's evolving migration and border control policies as a possible model for Canada. Is it the right model for Canada? The piece explores Australia’s shifting patterns of control and responsibility in migration policy and the implications for Canada.