Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 June 2019

368 Pages | 2 line drawings, 7 maps, 12 photographs


ISBN: 9780190874155

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Winner of the 2020 Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award

Refuge beyond Reach

How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers

David Scott FitzGerald

  • Explores why 99% of refugees can only find safety in the prosperous democracies of the Global North by asking for asylum after they arrive
  • Describes how governments have developed increasingly elaborate techniques of remote control to keep asylum seekers away from spaces where they can ask for sanctuary
  • Uses American diplomatic cables from the 2000s released by WikiLeaks and declassified CIA documents from the 1960s through early 1980s provide an unprecedented window into policymaking behind the scenes

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