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By Angus Francis, Rowena Maguire

The chapters during this booklet discover the influence of modern shifts in worldwide and neighborhood strength and the next improvement and enforcement of foreign refugee safety criteria within the Asia Pacific sector. Drawing on their services throughout a few jurisdictions, the individuals verify the demanding situations confronting the implementation of overseas legislation within the sector, in addition to new possibilities for extending security norms into nationwide and nearby dialogues. The case experiences span key jurisdictions around the sector and comprise a comparative research with China, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Australia. This topical and demanding booklet increases serious questions for the Asia Pacific area and sheds mild at the demanding situations confronting the safety of refugees and displaced people during this quarter. Interdisciplinary in its strategy, it is going to be of curiosity to teachers, researchers, scholars and policy-makers fascinated about the rights and defense of refugees.

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Even if party, compliance with the obligations is not necessarily assured. Those countries which are not party often do tolerate refugees on their territories, but there are wide variations in the quality of treatment. 110 Australia’s role in the region is an interesting one. Obviously, it is different to many countries in the Asian region because it is developed and it is still largely a country peopled by European migrants. Australia has played a role more akin to that of the US in the Americas generally or Germany in Europe with respect to refugee protection, than the role that Brazil seems to be playing in the Americas.

There is little evidence yet of a spirit of Cartagena in Australian policy-making, although the implementation of some of the ‘incentives’ identified in the expert panel’s report would go some way towards its development. Concluding Remarks Australia needs to do more to focus on solidarity within the region, rather than using the region as a buffer, if it wishes to contribute to an Asian equivalent of the Cartagena spirit. Currently, while Australia may sit geographically in Asia, it is all too evident that Australia is in a mind-set from another region – the region we might just call the Global North.

This lacuna means that countries of first asylum are left to shoulder most of the ‘burden’ without assistance. Refugees themselves are treated as an unwelcome ‘burden’ and are frequently confined to camps and denied basic rights, such as the right to work or the right to education. 31 It is therefore important to explore what it means to cooperate ‘responsibly’. As 80 per cent of the world’s refugees are sheltered in the developing world,32 it seems that responsibility for refugees is not shared fairly at present, if one takes the view that responsibilities should be shouldered by those countries with the most capacity, and responsibility is measured in terms of refugees hosted (as opposed to financial contributions, for example).

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