Even the most resilient asylum seekers who spend more than six months in detention risk mental illness, new research has found.
Resettling refugees in PNG has the potential to create a class of traumatised individuals who arrive without family or support services to meet their intense needs, writes Belinda Liddell.
The plan to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea is sure to be challenged in the courts but it is unlikely to meet the same fate as the Malaysian solution, argues George Williams.
The first major evaluation of community detention's expansion in Australia has found the program poses little risk to asylum seekers.
The Foreign Minister's description of asylum seekers as economic refugees is inflammatory and part of an attempt to make the problem disappear, write Mary Crock, Michelle Foster and Jane McAdam.
The Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights has found that Australia's regional processing legislation violates many of our human rights obligations. It should act as a wakeup call that we have gone too far, writes Jane McAdam.
Removing the mainland from the migration zone effectively shuts down Australia as an asylum country for people fleeing by boat, and is breach of faith by the Labor government, argues Jane McAdam.
Tony Abbott's use of the word "illegal" to describe asylum seekers shines a spotlight on the Opposition's feeble grasp of international law, writes Jane McAdam.
Current immigration policies regarding asylum seekers promote uncertainty, fear and disempowerment, which contribute to mental illness, argues Belinda Liddell.
The recommendations of the expert panel on asylum-seekers are disappointingly regressive and lacking in vision and imagination, write Jane McAdam, Mary Crock and Daniel Ghezelbash.