Why has the word ‘immigrant’ become such a slur in the US? When did Australia roll up the welcome mat for refugees? Our panel gets to grips with changing community attitudes around the world. Data Editor of The Guardian US, Mona Chalabi, author Roanna Gonsalves, Palestinian-born Australian playwright Samah Sabawi and Boston-born Canadian playwright Stephen Orlov join Claudia Tazreiter for a frank and fearless conversation on the political and personal consequences of border control policies. 

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award in 2018. Roanna was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. She attended St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, and came to Australia as an international student in 1998. Roanna was the UNSW Copyright Agency Writer-in-Residence in 2018.