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 a new site of commodification: the human as refugee.
Julia Morris is the Post-doctoral Fellow at the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. She is a political anthropologist whose research focuses on global migration governance. Her doctoral research at the University of Oxford examined the outsourcing of asylum processes to new localities, bringing resource extractive sectors into dialogue. She has published in Global Networks and with Routledge publication house on immigration and border control and global knowledge networks.