Austria´s Future Policies on Mandatory Detention

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In Australia, research involving the participation of humans must be conducted in accordance with agreed ethical considerations as set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans (NHMRC 1999). Research on asylum seekers and refugees has not always been morally neutral. Policies current for Australia’s immigration are passionately debated in today’s society. Defining ethical responsibilities for our research is complex when working with exposed populations and different cultures with idiosyncratic and sometimes conflicting definitions of what is ethical (Willis & Gonzalez, 1998). Researchers have the obligation to respect all participants for autonomy of individuals, to maximize potential benefits and minimse possible harms, and the obligation to act fairly reflecting on the cultural and social implications of the research (Mares & Jureidini, 2004). Throughout the study our team made a conscious effort to maintain the confidentiality of each participant. All information provided by participants will be used solely for the proposed research and will be securely stored in James Cook University department of Social Science. Significance of Research Proposal Throughout the last several decades of the twentieth and twenty first century were accompanied by an increase in the number of individuals escaping persecution. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported 198,300 asylum seeker applications received by 44 industrialised countries

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