Stopping the boats – History Repeating? The crisis that seems all too familiar

October 9, 2015


Meredith Jones, a La Trobe University Bachelor of Law Student writes:

Australia’s policies of pushing back boats risk repeating this history.  The end of World War II saw the largest population upheaval in European history.  Millions of Jewish and other minorities fled Europe or were expelled. Unfortunately, this was only the beginning of the suffering.  With many countries closing their borders or severely limiting entry, refugees attempted to flee by boat. Most of these vessels were intercepted and returned to Germany, with the asylum-seekers aboard placed in significant danger of persecution.

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