Books about refugees & asylum seekers

The Ungrateful Refugee

The Ungrateful Refugee

Dina Nayeri

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

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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 Road Before Me Weeps

The Road Before Me Weeps

Nick Thorpe

A powerful and revealing firsthand account of the migrant and refugee experience on the overland route across Europe

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Drawn To Berlin

Drawn To Berlin

Ali Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's graphic memoir entwines political and personal displacement.

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No Friend But the Mountains

No Friend But the Mountains

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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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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 Read reviewThe Power of Hope

The Power of Hope

Kon Karapanagiotidis

A powerful, inspiring memoir from Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our...

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Violent Borders

Violent Borders

Reece Jones

A major new exploration of the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are formed and policed

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We Built the Wall

We Built the Wall

Eileen Truax, Diane Stockwell

An immersive, engrossing story of a new front in the immigration wars.      

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Against the Double Blackmail

Against the Double Blackmail

Slavoj Zizek

How do we respond to the refugee crisis - by opening our doors, or pulling up the drawbridge? Both solutions, argues Slavoj Zizek, offer ideological blackmail, and both are wrong. He proposes that instead we see the crisis as an...

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The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif

Najaf Mazari, Robert Hillman

Traces the story of an Afghani refugee's journey from shepherd boy in the mountains of northern Afghanistan and his flight from certain death by the Taliban, to owner of a successful traditional rug shop in Melbourne.

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#cook for Syria

#cook for Syria

Serena Guen, Clerkenwell Boy

A special edition cookbook consisting of Syrian-inspried recipes from the the Uk's top chefs and cookbook authors to raise funds and awareness for Unicef's Syria relief find.

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Asylum by Boat

Asylum by Boat

Claire Higgins

In the late 1970s, 150,000 Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing war and oppression. This influx of people, and the way the Fraser government handled it, marked not only the real end of the...

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Syrian Dust: Reporting from the Heart of the War

Syrian Dust: Reporting from the Heart of the War

Francesca Borri, Anne Appel

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We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled

Wendy Pearlman

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What Is A Refugee?

What Is A Refugee?

William Maley

With the arrival in Europe of over a million refugees and asylum seekers in 2015, a sense of panic began to spread within the continent and beyond. What is a Refugee? puts these developments into historical context, injecting...

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The Optician of Lampedusa

The Optician of Lampedusa

Emma-Jane Kirby

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Beautiful Balts

Beautiful Balts

Jayne Persian

170,000 Displaced Persons arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 - the first non-Anglo-Celtic mass migrants. Australia's first immigration minister, Arthur Calwell.....

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Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Madeline Gleeson

What has happened on Nauru and Manus since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime in 2012? This essential book provides a comprehensive and uncompromising overview of the first three years of...

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