Selective generosity: migration law and policy in Australia

Daniel Ghezelbash, Mary Crock, Sudrishti Reich, Rebekah Stevens

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In this chapter, we examine the development of Australian law and policy regulating immigration and citizenship. Beginning with an introduction to the Australian system of government and relevant legal frameworks, we explore key trends in the areas of economic, family, student and humanitarian migration. We argue that Australia’s current immigration policies are defined by their selective generosity. The nation’s liberal approach to skilled migrants, certain family migrants and humanitarian entrants selected overseas through Australia’s resettlement programme can be contrasted to its harsh treatment of asylum seekers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw and migration in a changing world
EditorsMarie-Claire Foblets, Jean-Yves Carlier
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)9783319995083
ISBN (Print)9783319995069
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameIus Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law
ISSN (Print)2214-6881


  • Australia
  • immigraiton
  • migration
  • law
  • policy
  • economic
  • skilled
  • family
  • student
  • humanitarian
  • asylum
  • refugees
  • deterrence
  • offshore processing
  • extraterritorial processing
  • interdiction
  • temporary migration
  • permanent migration


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