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Refuge beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers

David Scott FitzGerald


The core of the asylum regime is the principle of non-refoulement that prohibits governments from sending refugees back to their persecutors. Governments attempt to evade this legal obligation to which they have explicitly agreed by manipulating territoriality. A remote control strategy of “extraterritorialization” pushes border control functions hundreds or even thousands of kilometers beyond the state’s territory. Simultaneously, states restrict access to asylum and other rights enjoyed by virtue of presence on a state’s territory, by making micro-distinctions down to the meter at the border ... More

Keywords: asylum, refugee, remote control, migration control, non-refoulement, externalization, border, extraterritorial, offshore processing, transit migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190874155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190874155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Scott FitzGerald, author
Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations and Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego