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Australia refugee policy: Five years of deterring migrants

For the fifth year, Australia continues its policy of mandatory detention and offshore processing for what they term ‘unauthorised’ boat arrivals.

It’s been five years since Australia toughened its already hardline immigration policy, sending refugees and migrants to remote prison camps on Pacific islands.

It has successfully deterred people from trying to reach the mainland by boat.

But refugee advocates say the human cost is far too great.


Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Sydney.