Until very recently those boarding flights to Australia seeking refuge from persecution in their native lands would be met with a harsh reception. In place was a controversial law requiring the imprisonment of all asylum seekers.
Adults and children seeking asylum in Australia were routinely locked up, often in jails in remote locations. This policy applied to both those seeking asylum and to visitors who had stayed beyond the limits of their visas. Many of these centers were on isolated pacific islands such as Christmas island.
A change in policy means that, for instance, children fleeing from violence and persecution in their home companies will not be taken off flights to Australia and imprisoned indefinitely. Also, where imprisonment is deemed necessary detainees will be granted the right to have their cases reviewed every 3 months.