Michel Foucault on refugees – a previously untranslated interview from 1979

Progressive Geographies

‘The refugee problem is a foreshadowing of the 21st century’s great migration’

(“Nanmin mondai ha 21 seiku minzoku daiidô no zenchô da”, an interview by H.Uno, originally published on 17 August 1979, in Shûkan posuto, pp. 34-35) republished under the title “Le problème des réfugiés est un présage de la grande migration du XXIe siècle” in Michel Foucault, Dits et écrits, text 271, Volume 3. 1976-1979, Gallimard, 1994, pp. 798-800.

(Partially republished by Libération on 18 September 2015 and by Libération.fr on 17 September 2015 under the title “Michel Foucault en 1979 : «Les hommes réprimés par la dictature choisiront d’échapper à l’enfer»”  )

Translated from Japanese into French by Ryôji Nakamura, 1994 ; translated from French into English by Felix de Montety, 2015. Thanks to Stuart Elden, Steve Legg and Mike Heffernan for comments and corrections.

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