Towards sanctuary: securing refugees and forced migrants in multicultural Australia

Mason, Robert and Hayes, Anna (2012) Towards sanctuary: securing refugees and forced migrants in multicultural Australia. In: Cultures in refuge: seeking sanctuary in modern Australia. Studies in Migration and Diaspora. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, United Kingdom, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9781409434757


The notion of sanctuary has been an integral part of the history of Europeans' presence in Australia, since the earliest interactions between Aboriginal inhabitants and Dutch sailors lost near the western coast. Throughout the nineteenth century, new arrivals (whether convicts, free settlers or participants in organised migration schemes) continued to arrive with the hope that Australia would offer them economic opportunity and safety. Indeed, whilst Europeans forcibly displaced Australia's indigenous population, the white colonies came to reimagine themselves as one part of a global network of settler societies that offered new opportunities to fashion a more just world. This chapter contextualises how the experience of receiving sanctuary and refuge affects the formation and expression of refugees' and forced migrants' identities in Australia.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Introductory Chapter. Published Version cannot be made available, due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2013 02:49
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: emigration, immigration, ethnic identity, refugee, asylum seeker, Australia
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160303 Migration
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare

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