Taiwanese author to release new work on Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Bordered Lives


The award-winning Taiwanese journalist and writer Hsiao-Hung Pai has written a new book on Europe’s migrant crisis, titled ‘Bordered Lives: How Europe Fails Refugees and Migrants’. The book, which explores the lives of a number of migrants and asylum-seekers, will be released on 18 January.

In the book, Ms Pai details her travels to meet migrants on the Italian islands of Sicily and Lampedusa, staying in touch with some of her close contacts as they travel through mainland Italy and Germany. The book has been described as breaking apart the  distinction between ‘refugees’ and ‘migrants’, between ‘those seeking refuge’ and ‘those wanting a better life.’

Hsiao-Hung Pai often contributes to The Guardian newspaper and many UK-Chinese publications. She is the author of Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2009 and Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants, which won the 2013 Bread and Roses Award. Pai’s report on the Morecambe Bay tragedy for The Guardian was adapted into Nick Broomfield’s film Ghosts. Her book Invisible: Britain’s Migrant Sex Workers was published in April 2013 by The Westbourne Press.