David FitzGerald, author of Refuge Beyond Reach, to discuss new book

Join us from 12 – 1:30 p.m. on September 12, 2019 in the Coleman Room, Mergenthaler Hall 526 for a talk by David FitzGerald.

This talk is co-sponsored with Sociology and the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) Program.  David FitzGerald will be giving a talk on his new book, Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers.

  • 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