From: Inside Story

Outsourcing refugees?

Australia pays Cambodia $40m to resettle unwanted migrants. Is it setting a dangerous precedent for the future?

As the global population grows and the world is blighted by conflict, persecution and poverty, more people are on the move than ever before. And while rights groups point to moral and international obligations to take in the many migrants seeking a better life, the sheer number involved is making that increasingly difficult.

Australia has taken a hard line, detaining refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat in offshore detention centres and turning or towing boats away.

It is now gone a step further by offering Cambodia millions of dollars to take them off its hands.

But can countries pay to make their migrant problems go away? And is it setting a dangerous precedent for the future?

Presenter: David Foster


Leonard Doyle – a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration.

Denise Coghlan – Director, Jesuit Refugee Service in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Anders Lustgarten – activist and playwright.