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Unaccompanied immigrant minors wait for Border Patrol processing after they crossed the Rio Grande into Roma, Texas, April 29, 2021. John Moore/Getty Images

This is what happens to child migrants found alone at the border, from the moment they cross into the US until age 18

A record 95,079 child migrants had arrived alone at the US’s southern border by July this year. The US is legally responsible for these children, but it is struggling to give them adequate care.
AAP/Dan Peled

Refugees need protection from coronavirus too, and must be released

It is almost impossible for asylum seekers held in detention to practise social distancing. For their protection, and that of the wider community, the government must take action now.
Home Affairs hasn’t made it clear what measures of oversight and surveillance will be applied to private corporations. AAP Image/Dan Peled

The government wants to privatise visa processing. Who will be held accountable when something goes wrong?

When visa services are run in the interests of profit rather than border governance, corrupt tactics can be used to benefit the providers’ bottom line.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants. James Ross/AAP

Asylum seekers have a right to higher education and academics can be powerful advocates

Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below. Melbourne International Film Festival

A new Australian film set in an immigration detention centre is a jarring mix of violence, satire and humanism

In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
Kimora Adetunji, 33, is seen with her son King, 2, outside Federal Court in Toronto in May 2017, where indefinite immigration detention was subject of a court hearing. Her husband was detained for almost a year before being released. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

A world without immigration detention is possible

Migration governance without immigration detention is desirable and achievable. Eliminating all detention will universally benefit citizens, migrants and everyone in between.
Speechless is a Perth Festival co-commission produced by Tura Music. Toni Wilkinson

The sounds of Speechless, where words are superfluous

Speechless is an opera written in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2014 report into children in immigration detention.

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