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date: 20 March 2019

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Australia has been one of the western world’s major migration nations for the past seven decades. Immigration has always been controversial, with periodic immigration debates erupting.This chapter reviews the impact of periodic global economic, political, and social crises on Australian immigration policy, on migration discourses and debates, and on migrants themselves. It takes the boat people “crisis,” the global financial crisis, and the crisis in globalization to demonstrate how immigration flows and immigrants themselves have been impacted by these crises and how, at the same time, these events have been politicized and been constructed as a crisis to serve political interests in Australia.

Keywords: Australian immigration policy, boat people, global financial crisis, migration discourses, refugees.

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