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Doubts rise over Australia’s offshore handling of refugees

A court ruling calls into question a system that European immigration hawks have held up as a model

European conservatives’ go-to model for ending illegal immigration doesn’t look so solid anymore.

  • Keely Sullivan
  • Politico

For the first time in decades, a court in Australia has freed an inmate from the Pacific nation’s zero-tolerance immigrant detention system, calling into question the legal foundation of how it handles asylum seekers.

European migration hawks have long eyed Australia’s approach — because it worked. Though decried by human rights advocates, the system’s supporters note that Australia has had next to no illegal sea arrivals since…

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