Siobhán McGuirk

Siobhán McGuirk

Siobhán McGuirk is co-editor of Asylum for Sale: Profit and protest in the migration industry, an illustrated edited volume that asks: How are pathways to asylum shaped by neoliberal capitalism, and how might we resist profit-making in the asylum industry? The book is designed to challenge readers to move beyond the questions of legal, moral and humanitarian obligation that dominate current conversations on migration. In addition to her academic publications addressing gender and sexuality, migration, and social justice movements, McGuirk is an award-winning filmmaker, curator and editor for Red Pepper magazine. Her writing has appeared in Teen Vogue, Rewire News, and Australian Options. She received her Doctorate in Anthropology from American University in 2016 and holds a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry

SKU: 9781629637822
Editors: Siobhán McGuirk & Adrienne Pine • Foreword: Seth M. Holmes
Publisher: PM Press/Kairos
ISBN: 9781629637822
Published: 9/1/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 320
Subjects: Immigration/Activism


“As the frontiers of disaster capitalism expand, the same systems that drive migration are finding ever-more harrowing ways to criminalize and exploit the displaced. This book is part of how we fight back: connecting the extraordinary stories and insights of people studying, personally navigating, and creatively resisting the global asylum industry. An unparalleled resource.”
—Naomi Klein, author of On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal

“As long as there are borders and money to be made off the backs of migrants seeking freedom via the state, we must continue to expose the profit-makers and share our stories of resistance. Asylum for Sale does exactly this. It reminds us that our people will never be truly free under capitalism—and that we must not only challenge the capitalist state but destroy it and open borders for all. It is an urgent, inspiring, and necessary volume.”
—Jamila Hammami, founder of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

“A very important book. With a potent mix of theoretical rigor, empirical detail and vivid human witness, it helps to move the debate about asylum seekers beyond suffering and compassion to rights and resistance. In the process, it exposes the nature of the industry growing around asylum application systems; an industry of those demanding extortionate payments to overcome border fences, those erecting the fences, those detaining asylum seekers while they wait, the lawyers, the NGO—all with a self-interest in treating asylum seekers as voiceless victims without agency or capacity, pitted against citizens. This book conveys the possibilities of global citizenship, involving active solidarity with those who are crossing borders whether through choice or as a refusal of oppression. It is a vital resource for the struggle for global human rights—a struggle often led by those who are denied them.”
—Hilary Wainwright, author of A New Politics from the Left

“This book is a highly important resource for those looking to understand the dependent and often cyclical nature of profit extraction and the bordering of our world. One that I am sure to dip into for reference again and again in the future. Required reading for all those who are interested in capitalism, borders and the inextricable link between the two.” —Zoe Gardner, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

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