Factcheck: did 1200 refugees die at sea under Labor?

March 4, 2015

Associate Professor Mary Anne KennyIn an article for The Conversation co-written with her colleague Dr Sara Davies from the Queensland University of Technology, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch’s School of Law assesses the truth of Senator George Brandis’ statement that 1200 asylum seekers are estimated to have died at sea during the last Labor government.

Professor Kenny and Dr Davies explain that estimating asylum seeker deaths at sea is a difficult and imprecise exercise because of the clandestine nature of people smuggling, and that the actual number of deaths is likely to be higher than those shown in available data.

They also refer to estimates made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that in 2014, an estimated 350,000 people took to the seas in search of asylum worldwide, with an estimated 4000 individuals not surviving those journeys.

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