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Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border

Alison Mountz


In July 1999, Canadian authorities intercepted four boats off the coast of British Columbia carrying nearly six hundred Chinese citizens who were being smuggled into Canada. Government officials held the migrants on a Canadian naval base, which it designated a port of entry. As one official later recounted during research for this book, the Chinese migrants entered a legal limbo, treated as though they were walking through a long tunnel of bureaucracy to reach Canadian soil. The “long tunnel thesis” is the basis of this investigation into the power of states to change the relationship between ... More

Keywords: Canada, British Columbia, migrants, naval base, Chinese, long tunnel thesis, smuggling, human rights, borders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816665372
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Mountz, author
Associate Professor, Geography, Balsillie School of International Affairs