Academics call for humane approach to refugees


More than 1810 academics from across Australia, including distinguished experts in refugee law, policy, health and politics, have signed an open letter to PM Malcolm Turnbull calling for a just and humane approach for refugees.

The letter calls on the federal government to end offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.

It also outlines alternative measures that Australia should adopt and calls on the federal government to convene a national policy summit to come up with "constructive policy options and solutions for people seeking asylum".

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