GRAMNet Seminar Series - Lights in the Distance: Reporting Europe's refugee crisis

GRAMNet Seminar Series - Lights in the Distance: Reporting Europe's refugee crisis

Issued: Wed, 09 Jan 2019 09:44:00 GMT

Wednesday 23 January, 3.30 - 4.30pm  (Tea/coffee and home baking will be served from 3.00pm)

Fore Hall, Main Building, University of Glasgow

Lights in the Distance: Reporting Europe's refugee crisis
Daniel Trilling

Each of the thousands of people who come to Europe in search of asylum every year brings with them a unique experience. But their stories don’t end there. In Lights in the Distance (Picador, 2018), journalist Daniel Trilling draws on years of reporting to build a portrait of the refugee crisis, seen through the eyes of the people who experienced it first-hand. As the European Union has grown, so has a tangled and often violent system designed to filter out unwanted migrants – one that extends from the border into cities. Most of us became aware of the crisis when it apparently reached its peak in 2015, but the roots go much deeper. Visiting camps and hostels, sneaking into detention centres and delving into his own family’s history of displacement, Trilling weaves together the stories of people he met and followed from country to country. In doing so, he shows that the terms commonly used to define them – refugee or economic migrant, legal or illegal, deserving or undeserving – fall woefully short of capturing the complex realities.  

Daniel Trilling is a London-based journalist who writes about migration, nationalism and borders for publications including the Guardian, New York Times and London Review of Books. His first book, Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain's Far Right, was nominated for the 2013 Orwell Prize.  His new book, Lights in the Distance, is published by Picador.

Everyone is welcome.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to David.Wright@glasgow.ac.uk.


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