“Illegal” versus “Asylum Seekers”—Words are important

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April 24, 2013 – The Press Council of Australia, in their April-released advisory guidelines, suggests that journalists should not use the term “illegal” to refer to people arriving by boat to Australia because, for one reason, it may not be true.

“Illegal” versus “Asylum Seekers”—Words are important

According to the Press Council guidebook, members of the press should refrain from labelling boat arrivals as “illegal immigrants”; instead, the guidebook suggests the use of “asylum seekers” in order to remain true to the Council’s Standards of Practice as well as to achieve fairness and accuracy in their report.

Aside from pointing out the legal inappropriateness of labelling an asylum seeker as an illegal, the guidebook further explains that anyone can legally arrive at a country that is a party to the United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees as long as he or she does so to claim asylum. This rule applies even if one has no visa or passport.

Over 10 years ago, John Howard introduced the thought of terrorism to the immigration debate, which spurted the concept of “border protection against the possible infiltration by terrorists.” However, this received the counter argument from the immigration sector that if a terrorist is supposed to enter Australia to eradicate humanity, he or she would most likely take the first-class flight of an Australian airline rather than a 44-day “hell-cruise.” To further back up the unlikelihood of such Howard proposition, there has been no report of any terrorist activity by an asylum seeker in Australia.

Derryn Hinch, a popular media figure in Australia, is in agreement with the Press Council’s take on illegal versus asylum seekers. In addition, Hinch thinks that asylum seekers should receive equal treatment and protection as refugees in Australia. Despite the fact that a humanitarian program has been established for the latter, Australia has the obligation to hear the claims of the former under the Convention.

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