Australia's refugee refusal creating political deadlock

From , 3:01 pm on 21 August 2017

An emeritus Oxford professor of refugee law says Australia has painted itself into a corner by refusing to resettle maritime arrivals.

Since 2013, Australia has detained about two thousand asylum seekers in what it calls regional processing centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Guy Goodwin-Gill, who's now based at the University of New South Wales, says the government has failed to find a regional solution for the detainees.

In contrast, he told Ben Robinson Drawbridge Australia was integral to solving the Indochina refugee crisis of the 1970s.

Manus Island protest 21-08-17

Manus Island protest 21-08-17 Photo: Supplied