Refugee Radio - Klaus Neumann

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Celine interviews Professor Klaus Neumann, about changing attitudes and policies to asylum seekers in Germany in recent years. He talks about immigration policy in Australia since the 1990s, the evolution of mandatory detention, and its precedent in the internment camps of the 1930s and 40s. We hear about the Seebrücke ("Sea Bridge") protest movement, and a new groundswell of support for creating a means of safe passage for asylum seekers into Germany and other countries in the EU. Neumann expresses his hope to see the introduction of the language of human rights into the discourse of refugee activism in Australia, and what he sees as the limitations of "compassion" alone.

This interview was recorded in October 2018.

Sunday 10:00am to 10:30am
Can you imagine what it would be like to have to flee terror in your own country, spend days or weeks in a leaky boat on dangerous, rolling seas ready to swallow you at any moment, and then arrive in a new country, where you are terrorised even more?