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Humanitarianism, Identity, and Nation

Migration Laws in Canada and Australia

Australia and Canada have each sought international reputations as humanitarian do-gooders, especially in the area of refugee admissions. This book 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. In a detailed consideration of how refugees and others in need are admitted to Australia and Canada, Catherine Dauvergne links humanitarianism and national identity to explain the current shape of the law. Humanitarianism, Identity, and Nation is a welcome antidote to economic critiques of immigration, and a thoughtful contribution to rights talk.

248 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Part 1: Reading Migration Laws

1 Introduction

2 The Insights of Identity

3 Nation and Migration

4 Humanitarianism and Identity

Part 2: Humanitarian Admissions to Australia and Canada

5 Constructing Others: The Refugee Process

6 Reflecting Ourselves: The Mirror of Humanitarianism

7 Identities, Rights, and Nations

8 Conclusions




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