[QODLink]
Inside Story
Exchanging refugees
Malaysia and Australia have agreed a new deal aimed at deterring asylum seekers, but will it work?
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2011 11:27

Australia will send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia over the next four years under a new deal; in exchange for Australia resettling 4,000 registered refugees currently languishing in the southeast Asian nation. 

Both governments announced the deal in May but were forced to fine tune it amid objections by opposition politicians in their countries and human rights groups that criticise the treatment of about 93,000 refugees now living in Malaysia.
 
But can this swap deal work? And if Malaysia has not signed up to the UN refugee convention, where are the guarantees?

Inside Story, with presenter Kamahl Santamaria, discusses with Roger Maynard, an author and veteran journalist, and Phil Robertson, the deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Monday, July 25, 2011.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Mother of jailed Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy says her son's ordeal highlights the value of press freedom.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Featured
Survivors of Bangladesh garment factory collapse say they received little compensation and face economic hardship.
As Iraq prepares to vote, deadly violence is surging. But at the site of one bomb attack, people insist life must go on.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
join our mailing list