This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. Alison Mountz will respond to and challenge the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. 

Andrew Thompson, CIGI Senior Fellow and Amnesty International Canada Board Chair will serve as discussant for this presentation, and Aaron Shull, CIGI Chief of Staff, will provide summation.

Event Speakers

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Andrew S. Thompson

CIGI Senior Fellow

Andrew S. Thompson is a CIGI senior fellow, effective November 2014.  A specialist in the fields of international human rights, civil society movements and fragile states, Andrew is adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo and the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. 

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Aaron Shull

General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s chief operating officer and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and Internet governance.