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Type: Journal article
Title: Failing 'Abyan', 'Golestan' and 'the Estonian Mother': Refugee women, reproductive coercion and the Australian state
Author: Kevin, C.
Agutter, K.
Citation: Immigrants & Minorities, 2018; 36(2):87-104
Publisher: Routledge Taylor &​ Francis Group
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0261-9288
Statement of
Catherine Kevin and Karen Agutter
Abstract: In September and October 2015, the story of detained Somali refugee ‘Abyan’ unfolded in the Australian media. A victim of rape on Nauru and seeking an abortion that could not be obtained on the island nation, Abyan was escorted to Sydney where she was to attend an abortion clinic. She was ultimately returned to Nauru without having had an abortion. This paper situates Abyan’s story alongside other stories from Nauru and in a longer history of reproductive coercion in Australian Immigration Department accommodation since the Second World War.
Keywords: Refugees; immigration; reproductive coercion; biopower; femina sacer
Description: Published online: 11 Jun 2018
Rights: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
RMID: 0030090807
DOI: 10.1080/02619288.2018.1471852
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