Exploiting Migration

MacArthur Genius Jason De Leon and Author Sasha Polakow-Suransky discuss immigration on the governmentality podcast.

By Allen McDuffee | November 1, 2017
Photo credit: Alisdare Hickson

The number of international migrants world wide has continued to rapidly grow over the past 15 years, reaching nearly 250 million in 2015, according to the United Nations. There’s no sign of that slowing down as individuals and families seek economic opportunity and flee environmental and political disaster. In too many cases families and individuals are risking everything—including their very lives—to cross the waters from Africa to Europe or the border from Mexico to the United States. To learn more about the plight of migrants, we turned to Jason De Leon, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and founder of the Undocumented Migration Project who works on migration across the U.S.-Mexico border. And in this week’s book chat, I spoke with Sasha Polakow-Suransky about his new book, Go Back to Where You Came From.

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Jason De Leon is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and director of the Undocumented Migration Project. In October 2017, he was named a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant for his work on the U.S.-Mexico border. De Leon was awarded the 2016 Margaret Mead Award for his book “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail.” He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Penn State University. Follow him on Twitter: @jason_p_deleon.

Sasha Polakow-Suransky is a former international opinion editor at the New York Times and former senior editor at Foreign Affairs. In 2015 he was an Open Society Fellow. He is the author of Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy. Follow him on Twitter: @sasha_p_s.

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