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If we are living in a world that keeps creating refugees, and then rejecting those refugees, we have to honour writers such as Hsiao-Hung Pai for shining a light on this madness and refusing to look away - Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet.

A devastating indictment of Europe’s brutal treatment of migrants & refugees. Angry, compassionate, and committed reporting from one of the finest investigative journalists. - Matthew Carr, author of Fortress Europe .

Bordered Lives is Hsiao-Hung Pai’s landmark book in the reporting of what we know as Europe’s “refugee crisis” or “migrant crisis” - and a cry from the heart about an asylum system that is simply not fit for purpose. Pai travels to meet migrants and asylum-seekers who have just been washed up on the shores of Lampedusa and Sicily and have been absorbed into dismal reception camps. She also follows the journey of some of the people who have ended up in Western Europe. Whilst the news headlines about the “refugee crisis” focus on people smuggling and encourage a far-right response to it, Pai finds the “crisis” to be one about Europe’s response to the displaced people.

About the Author

Hsiao-Hung Pai is a journalist and author of Chinese Whispers: The Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labout (2008), shortlisted for the Orwell Book Prize 2009; Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants, (2012), winner of the Bread and Roses Award 2013, Invisible (2013) and Angry White People (2016). She has written for the Guardian and many Chinese publications worldwide.

Articles and extracts from Bordered Lives:

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-438-7
Format: Paperback
Publication date: January 2018
Page extent: 240

Date added: July 18, 2017

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