Books about refugees & asylum seekers

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

Hisham Matar

A memoir of a son's search for his father and the return to a homeland he never thought he'd see again. This is a personal tale of loss. It deals with history, politics and art. It's about what it is to be human.

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We Can't Say We Didn't Know

We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

Sophie McNeill

Dispatches from an age of impunity by the ABCTV award-winning investigative reporter and former foreign correspondent  For more than 15 years, award-winning journalist Sophie McNeill has reported on some of the most...

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No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

Written in secrecy on a contraband mobile phone from Manus detention centre by journalist Behrouz Boochani, No Friend but the Mountains became the bestselling, award-winning book of 2018.

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Mao's Last Dancer

Mao’s Last Dancer

Li Cunxin

The extraordinary biography of a young Chinese peasant boy who emerged from abject poverty, defected to the USA, and became principal dancer for the Houston ballet, a star in the US, friend to George and Barbara Bush, and a star...

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Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Michael D. Shear

Two New York Times Washington correspondents provide an inside account with never-before-told stories of the defining issue of Donald Trump's presidency: his steadfast opposition to immigration to the US.

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The Ungrateful Refugee

The Ungrateful Refugee

Dina Nayeri

A timely, provocative and agenda-setting examination of the refugee experience

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This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto

Suketu Mehta

When today's immigrants are asked, `Why are you here?', they can justly respond, `We are here because you were there.' And now that they are here, as Mehta demonstrates, immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and...

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Home: Drawings by Syrian Children

Home: Drawings by Syrian Children

Ben Quilty

A collection of drawings by Syrian children, the most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war, curated by Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty, with a Foreword by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan.

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Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs

Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs

Jane McAdam, Fiona Chong

Everyone has the right to seek asylum under international law, but public discourse in Australia about refugees is dominated by scare-mongering and political point-scoring. Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong provide a wholly updated...

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil

After spending six years seeking refuge in eight different countries, Clemantine and Claire were granted refugee status in America and began a new journey.Honest, life-affirming and searingly profound, this is the story of a...

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We Refugees

We Refugees

Emma Larking

They are our neighbours, ancestors, friends; not a tide or a crisis but a test of our imagination. The stories, essays and poetry in this beautiful anthology bridge cultural divides to offer hope and healing. A fundraiser for the...

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Watching Brief

Watching Brief

Julian Burnside

In Watching Brief, noted lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside articulates a sensitive and intelligent defence of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, and the importance of protecting human rights and maintaining...

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