‘A wonderfully readable, lucid account of the treatment of refugees in modern western democracies. It should be compulsory reading for our politicians.’ Julian Burnside
Frontier Justice is an eye-opening exploration of the worldwide refugee crisis. Combining reporting, history, and political philosophy, Andy Lamey sets out to explain the story behind the radical increase in the global number of asylum-seekers and the effects of our reluctance to accept them.
Importantly, Lamey approaches the issue as a global one, presenting case studies from Australia, North America, and Europe. He follows the extraordinary efforts of Yale law students who sued the U.S. government on behalf of a group of refugees imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay; recounts one refugee family's journey from Saddam Hussein's Iraq to contemporary Australia via the world's most dangerous ocean crossing; explores the fascinating case of Ahmed Ressam, the so-called Millennium bomber who filed a refugee claim in Canada before attempting to blow up the Los Angeles airport; and examines the ongoing debate over the Australian government’s controversial plans for offshore processing of refugees.
In focussing on the rights of people in search of asylum and how those rights are routinely violated, Frontier Justice presents a timely and optimistic vision of human rights alongside a new international blueprint for how the rights of refugees might be enforced.