A Long Way to Go

A Long Way to Go

Irregular Migration Patterns, Processes, Drivers and Decision-making

Edited by: Marie McAuliffe, Khalid Koser

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A Long Way to Go: Irregular Migration Patterns, Processes, Drivers and Decision-making presents the findings of a unique migration research program harnessing work of some of the leading international and Australian migration researchers on the challenging and complex topic of irregular maritime migration. The book brings together selected findings of the research program, and in doing so it contributes to the ongoing academic and policy discourses by providing findings from rigorous quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research to support a better understanding of the dynamics of irregular migration and their potential policy implications.

Stemming from the 2012 Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers report, the Irregular Migration Research Program commissioned 26 international research projects involving 17 academic principal researchers, along with private sector specialist researchers, international organisations and policy think tanks. The centrepiece of the research program was a multi-year collaborative partnership between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and The Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy. Under this partnership, empirical research on international irregular migration was commissioned from migration researchers in Australia, Indonesia, Iran, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Switzerland.


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Publication date:
Dec 2017
ANU Press
Law; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Australia; Middle East: Afghanistan; South Asia: Sri Lanka; Southeast Asia: Indonesia

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  1. Introduction (PDF, 0.2MB)Marie McAuliffe and Khalid Koser doi
  2. Irregular maritime migration as a global phenomenon (PDF, 0.4MB)Marie McAuliffe and Victoria Mence doi
  3. Placing Sri Lankan maritime arrivals in a broader migration context (PDF, 0.3MB)Dinuk Jayasuriya and Marie McAuliffe doi
  4. The root causes of movement: Exploring the determinants of irregular migration from Afghanistan (PDF, 0.5MB)Craig Loschmann, Katie Kuschminder and Melissa Siegel doi
  5. Seeking the views of irregular migrants: Decision-making, drivers and migration journeys (PDF, 0.3MB)Marie McAuliffe doi
  6. Leaving family behind: Understanding the irregular migration of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors (PDF, 0.2MB)Ignacio Correa-Velez, Mariana Nardone and Katharine Knoetze doi
  7. Indonesia as a transit country in irregular migration to Australia (PDF, 0.6MB)Graeme Hugo, George Tan and Caven Jonathan Napitupulu doi
  8. The process of Sri Lankan migration to Australia focusing on irregular migrants seeking asylum (PDF, 1.0MB)Graeme Hugo and Lakshman Dissanayake doi
  9. Applications for asylum in the developed world: Modelling asylum claims by origin and destination (PDF, 0.3MB)Tim Hatton and Joseph Moloney doi
  10. Assisted voluntary return and reintegration of migrants: A comparative approach (PDF, 0.2MB)Khalid Koser and Katie Kuschminder doi
  11. Media and migration: Comparative analysis of print and online media reporting on migrants and migration in selected countries (PDF, 1.7MB)Marie McAuliffe, Warren Weeks and Khalid Koser doi
  12. Environmentally related international migration: Policy challenges (PDF, 0.2MB)Victoria Mence and Alex Parrinder doi
  13. Conclusions (PDF, 0.1MB)Khalid Koser and Marie McAuliffe doi

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