(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Doors and fences : controlling Indonesia's porous borders and policing asylum seekers

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • Melbourne Law School, Univ., Melbourne, AUSTRALIE


This article examines controlling Indonesia's porous borders and policing asylum seekers. Firstly, it explains that border control in a so vast archipelago is particularly challenging for state authorities. Secondly, that as an important transit country for asylum seekers and refugees en route to Australia, Indonesia's porous borders have rendered it possible to enter and exit the country relatively easily. Thirdly, given Australia's political pressure and the financial incentives offered to Indonesia to act as a ‘final bulwark’ and control irregular migration flows more effectively, border control nowadays has gained more significance in Indonesia than in the past. Fieldwork observations show that due to ongoing funding restrictions for state-led border control, state-society cooperation for border surveillance has increased. State-society cooperation for border control, however, offers new opportunities for people smugglers to pay off civilian spies or corrupt border authorities


Article of periodic

published at : Singapore journal of tropical geography / ISSN 0129-7619 / CODEN SJTGD5

Editor : University of Singapore, Singapore - SINGAPOUR (1980)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 35, no2 [pp. 228-244]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 12443 A

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