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About borderlands VOLUME 10 NUMBER 3, 2011


Crisis, the State and Irregular Migration

Alison Mountz, Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Andrew Herd
The Australian National University

Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border is an examination of the Canadian Government’s response to the arrival of irregular migrants by boat at the turn of the millennium. Using critical theory, it moves from an analysis of the bureaucracy, to the border and finally to those places where national sovereignty is ambiguous. While predominantly concerned with the Canadian example, it does engage with other international examples, including Australia.

The full article is available as a PDF document: click here.

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