Having heard countless ignoramuses (ignorami?) defend the refoulement of refugees on the grounds that ‘turning the boats around’ means more boats will not come, I can say after spending numerous years on the front-line witnessing first-hand such policies, without question, there is absolutely no deterrent effect in Australia’s current approach to boat people.
Quite simply, the situation of the refugees is worse than anything that could happen to them in Australia, or at the hands of Australians.
96% of boat people coming to Australia are GENUINE refugees.
And nothing can deter a genuine refugee.
Read this article from The Conversation for more: https://theconversation.com/theres-no-evidence-that-asylum-seeker-deterrence-policy-works-8367