Australia’s Migrant Rules Criticized Over Abyan, a Somali Asylum Seeker

Australia’s Migrant Rules Criticized Over Abyan, a Somali Asylum Seeker

"She is a 23-year-old Somali refugee who, like thousands before her, tried to reach Australia in a rickety boat that was intercepted at sea two years ago. She ended up in a detention center on Nauru, one of two remote Pacific islands where Australia sends asylum seekers. Her lawyers say she was raped in July and became pregnant. Australians know little more about her, including what she looks like, the details of her ordeal or even her real name. But in recent days the woman, known by the pseudonym Abyan, has become an emotional focal point in the continuing dispute over Australia’s refugee policies.Critics of the government’s policy of preventing migrants from coming ashore are seizing on her case to highlight allegations of abuse in the detention centers, and on Nauru, where hundreds of migrants have been held."

 

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  • Innis, Michelle. "Australia’s Migrant Rules Criticized Over Abyan, a Somali Asylum Seeker", New York Times, October 22, 2015.
  • Asylum
  • Frontiers/Borders
  • Illegal immigrant
  • Immigration policies
  • Immigration policy
  • Migration management
  • Mobility/Immobility
  • Refugee