The sustainability of Operation Sovereign Borders

From the Jakarta Post:

“I think it might be effective for short-term purposes, but how long is Australia going to use this method?” said Professor Aleksius Jemadu, dean of Pelita Harapan University’s School of Social and Political Sciences.”

This is an interesting, sophisticated understanding of Operation Sovereign Borders. It points to the importance of establishing exactly how much OSB costs and what pressures this is placing on the Navy. While more politically uncomfortable for the ALP, the same questions will eventually be asked about Manus Island and Nauru.

Push and pull factors are a simple way to understand asylum policy but one only needs to look to global asylum flows to see the relevance.

I have been interviewing a range of politicians, academics and economists about immigration and population for some freelance writing and one subject is consistently raised: How long is this going to last and what happens next?

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