Border Vigils by Jeremy Harding
Keeping Migrants Out of the Rich World

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Refreshingly for a liberal, Harding does not present migrants solely as victims, but as assertive, sometimes selfish, sometimes on their way to becoming powerful.
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Ours is an era marked by extraordinary human migrations, with some 200 million people alive today having moved from their country of origin. The political reaction in Europe and the United States has been to raise the drawbridge: immigrant workers are needed, but no longer welcome. So migrants die in trucks or drown en route; they are murdered in smuggling operations or ruthlessly exploited in illegal businesses that make it impossible for the abused to seek police help. More than 15,000 people have died in the last twenty years trying to circumvent European entry restrictions.

In this beautifully written book, Jeremy Harding draws haunting portraits of the migrants – and anti-immigrant zealots – he encountered in his investigations in Europe and on the US–Mexico border. Harding’s painstaking research and global perspective identify the common characteristics of immigration policy across the rich world and raise pressing questions about the future of national boundaries and universal values.
 

About Jeremy Harding

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Jeremy Harding is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. His books include Small Wars, Small Mercies, and Mother Country: Memoir of an Adopted Boy.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Verso. 177 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andy Beckett on Nov 16 2012

Refreshingly for a liberal, Harding does not present migrants solely as victims, but as assertive, sometimes selfish, sometimes on their way to becoming powerful.

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