The Global South and the World: Past, Present and Future

The Annual Conference of the Association of Global South Studies, held in Marrakech 14-16 December, featured a presentation from the GDP’s director entitled “How the Global North is turning the Global South into an immigration detention gulag,” as well as a presentation of the new GDP volume, “Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists and Policy-Makers.” More information about the conference is available here.

Speaking of the trend amongst wealthy countries to externalise detention policies beyond their own borders, Michael Flynn highlighted how immigration detention has taken on global proportions as key migrant receiving countries pressure less developed countries on their peripheries to block migrants and asylum seekers. His presentation detailed the strategies and motives that have led to a growing archipelago of detention regimes across much of the Global South, highlighting in particular the contrasting experiences of detention diffusion between Europe and Americas.

More information about the conference is available here.