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Refugees is a lucidly written explanation and examination of Australia’s laws and policies in relation to asylum seekers. Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong have made accessibility their focus in this book that has been written for a general audience. By adding their own insights to the personal stories of refugees and asylum seekers and placing them within the context of international and Australian law, the authors have succeeded in writing a book that is both informative and easily understood.
The work's simplicity is its great achievement. In 186 pages of commentary, Refugees manages to make sense of the complex laws and policies that dictate Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. While the authors adopt a clear position in relation to successive governments’ immigration policies, the tone of the book remains measured and its arguments well-reasoned. In this way, Refugees carries a calm authority in its consideration of this difficult and divisive area of the law.