Thursday November 29 – From Phosphate to Refugees: The Offshore Refugee Industry in the Republic of Nauru

Time: 1:00 -2:30 pm
Location: Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBS), Room N320
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In the wake of more refugee flows and the political potency of economic migrant scares, governments have brokered trade deals to extend the geographies of asylum to new sites far beyond their borders. Drawing on 15 months of fieldwork conducted between Geneva, Australia, Fiji, and the Republic of Nauru, this paper follows a supply chain in refugees through to its grounded operations, drawing attention to the morality behind a new form of commodification: the human as refugee.

Julia Morris, Post-doctoral Fellow, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School