IDC Submission to Australian Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers
In July 2012, the IDC had the opportunity to meet with the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, a government appointed panel which was recently established by the Australian Prime Minister. Its role is to provide advice and recommendations to the Government on policy options available, and in its considered opinion, the efficacy of such options, to prevent asylum seekers risking their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia.
The continued use of immigration detention in Australia, offshore and in the region was a key area of concern for the IDC.
IDC’s submission to the Expert Panel focused on stabilising vulnerable populations at risk of secondary movement through enhanced protection space and the Regional Cooperation Framework (RCF) and the potential role of civil society in the region.
Based on international and regional consultations and research, the International Detention Coalition (IDC) has within this submission and accompanying appendices, identified practical examples and steps aimed at assisting the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers provide advice and recommendations to the Australian Government on policy options. It outlines short, medium and long-term approaches to assist in the development of an effective and sustainable approach to asylum seekers in our region.