The expelled are not recognized as refugees because there is no war. But neither are they regular migrants: there is no home to go back to –home is now a plantation, a mine, a lake, a city, a desert. There is no law that recognizes these refuge-seekers. We need to make law that makes those powerful actors responsible for massive new displacements of people.
Saskia Sassen is the author of Expulsions (Harvard University Press), now out in German with Fisher Verlag.