Deathscapes

Weaponised Exposure 6g - Exposure in transit countries: terrains of insecurity

Deathscapes

Exposure in transit countries: terrains of insecurity
A group of people protest, many of whom are holding signs. A woman sits beside one of the placards, on a fold-out chair, holding a walking stick. The sign beside her depicts a fish in a glass of water with the text 'It is alive, it has security but it is not living this is the story of migrants in Indonesia'.

[imagecaption] Protest in Indonesia, 2018. Photo: supplied.  [/imagecaption]


We’re not living, we’re just alive

Ali Khan Khashei


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‘I escaped genocide in Myanmar but I cannot escape Australia’s immigration policies…If the Australian government believes that locking up refugees like cattle will end the refugee crisis, they are wrong: people movement will never stop. People will go to the end of the Earth in pursuit of freedom.’

JN Jonaid


In November 2014, then Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia would be ‘taking the sugar off the table’ and ceasing the resettlement of refugees who registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia after 1 July 2014. A few years later, it was also announced that people who registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia after 15 March 2018 would be ineligible for International Organisation for Migration (IOM) funding provided by Australia.

Partly as a result of these Australian policies, people have been left stranded in Indonesia without the right to work or to access education. As a result, many are exposed to poverty and homelessness. In recent years, some refugees have been told that they might never be resettled in a third country.

There are parallels between Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum within Australia and in transit countries like Indonesia. In both cases people are subjected to perpetual insecurity; a tactic to wear people down and coerce them to self-deport.


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