This is an unusual book. Combining social science fiction, utopianism, pragmatism, sober analysis and innovative social theory, the authors address one of the biggest dilemmas of our age – how to solve the problems arising from mass displacement. As early versions of the solution proposed by Robin Cohen and Nicholas Van Hear filtered out, their vision of a new, networked, transnational archipelago, called Refugia, was immediately denounced or met with scepticism by established refugee scholars. Others were more intrigued, more open-minded, or perhaps just holding their fire until this book was finally published. As it at least has the virtue of originality, why not judge the proposal for yourself? Read it and craft your own critique. The authors have initiated an openly pro-refugee vision that all can help to shape. Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to scholars, students, practitioners and an informed public ready to engage with this pressing issue.

chapter 1|7 pages


chapter 2|21 pages

Thinking Differently

Political and Social Theory

chapter 3|23 pages

Alternative Visions

From an Arc to ‘Zatopia’

chapter 4|22 pages

Refugia Now


chapter 5|22 pages

Making Refugia Work

chapter 6|16 pages

Summary and Engagement with Critics