Failing 'Abyan', 'Golestan' and 'the Estonian Mother': Refugee Women, Reproductive Coercion and the Australian State

Catherine Kevin, Karen Agutter

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-104
Number of pages18
JournalImmigrants and Minorities
Volume36
Issue number2
Early online date2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

Keywords

  • biopower
  • femina sacer
  • immigration
  • Refugees
  • reproductive coercion

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