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Mandatory detention: expensive and ineffective

posted Jul 8, 2011, 12:01 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jul 8, 2011, 12:02 PM ]
5 July 2011

Australia is alone in this mandatory detention policy. We have been able to do it because our numbers have been so low. It is impossible for the UK, USA, Europe or Canada because they have too many asylum seekers arriving to even consider mandatory detention. A Dutch immigration officer laughed at me when I asked about their detention policy. He said "with 80,000 undocumented people in Amsterdam, where would we lock them up?"

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