Opinion: What underlies public prejudice towards asylum seekers

May 12, 2014

Dr Anne Pedersen and fellow Curtin University researcher Dr Lisa Hartley have jointly contributed an article to The Conversation about the underlying causes of prejudice in Australia towards asylum seekers.

Research has shown that common myths about asylum seekers being “queue jumpers” and “illegals,” fuelled the prejudice.

Read the full article here.

Dr Pedersen is an applied social/community psychologist.  Her main interests involve prejudice against different cultural groups – in particular asylum seekers, Indigenous Australians and Muslim Australians.

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