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Toleration or trust? Investigating the acceptance of ‘boat people’ among young Australians


Laughland- Booy, J and Skrbis, Z and Tranter, B, Toleration or trust? Investigating the acceptance of boat people' among young Australians, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49, (2) pp. 195-217. ISSN 0157-6321 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2014.tb00308.x


There has been intense debate in Australia regarding how asylum seekers who arrive by boat should be treated. Some call for compassion towards those prepared to risk their lives to seek protection, whereas others believe ‘boat people’ should not be allowed into the country. This article uses data from a large representative sample of young people in Queensland, Australia, to understand the acceptance of asylum seekers by young people in Australia. The findings suggest that young Australians are more accepting than the Australian adult population. Several social and political background factors were also found to be associated with the belief that ‘boat people’ should be permitted into Australia. Fewer factors, however, are associated with the trust young Australians have in people from another country. This suggests that while some young Australians may believe boats carrying asylum seekers should not be turned away, fewer might be prepared to enter into trusting relationships with ‘boat people’ should they resettle in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:99229
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-03-18
Last Modified:2015-05-25

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