On human supply chains, resource extraction, and the offshore refugee industry in the Republic of Nauru and globally

 

In this episode, Post-doctoral Fellow at The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Julia Morris and our host Rania Manganaro discuss about her research on refugee detention and processing centers on the island of Nauru and the parallels between Nauru’s first major industry around processing phosphate and the current industry project of processing refugees. The conversation takes a broader look at the global refugee industry and the human commodity boom. Julia touches on aspects of special economic zones, resource extraction, and forms of financial value that characterize the global supply chain model of refugee management. She considers the forms of agency and the complicity of private and public actors, from corporate entities to humanitarians and academics, in the production of people as refugees.

 

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CREDITS

Production team: Taryn Turner, Rania Manganaro, Julia W. De Montremy.
Music: original intro/outro music by Pablo Altar; "experimental composition" by Pablo Altar.

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