Human Rights Law Centre

Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers

Project Overview

In 2021, the UK Government announced plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing and resettlement. In doing so, the UK was following in the footsteps of Australia, who, since 2012, has sent asylum seekers offshore to Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru.  

This project examines the legality of offshore detention under international law. It also explores how civil society oppose, challenge and resist policies of offshore processing. The project is led by Natalie Hodgson, whose PhD dissertation Offshore Processing Torture: State Crime, Resistance and International Criminal Law explored the legality of Australia’s offshore detention policy under international criminal law. 

Project Activities 

In September 2022, together with the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, the Forced Migration Unit hosted ‘Offshore Processing and Asylum Policy – Lessons from Australia’. This webinar connected Australian experts with civil society in the UK to discuss offshore processing and offer some thoughts and advice for the UK context.  


Project Outputs 

Human Rights Law Centre

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