Catherine Dauvergne

Refugees are on the move around the globe. Prosperous nations are
rapidly adjusting their laws to crack down on the so-called
“undeserving.” Australia and Canada have each sought
international reputations as humanitarian do-gooders, especially in the
area of refugee admissions.

Humanitarianism, Identity, and Nation traces the
connections between the nation-building tradition of immigration and
the challenge of admitting people who do not reflect the national
interest of the twenty-first century. Catherine Dauvergne argues that
in the absence of the justice standard for admitting newcomers, liberal
nations instead share a humanitarian consensus about letting in needy
outsiders. This consensus constrains and shapes migration law and
policy. In a detailed consideration of how refugees and others in need
are admitted to Australia and Canada, she links humanitarianism and
national identity to explain the current shape of the law.

If the problems of immigration policy were all about economics,
future directions would be easy to map. If rights could trump
sovereignty, refugee admission would be straightforward. But migration
politics has never been simple. Humanitarianism, Identity, and
Nation is a welcome antidote to economic critiques of immigration,
and a thoughtful contribution to rights talk. It is a must-read for
everyone interested in transforming migration laws to meet the needs of
the twenty-first century.

Books By Catherine Dauvergne