"Migration brings with it a particular set of risks. There is a danger to traveling into the unknown, leaving behind the privileges of membership, and becoming an outsider. Some migrants set out, in spite of these risks, in search of fortune. Others find themselves trafficked, displaced, or exiled in the name of someone else’s profit."
This conference, hosted by Princeton University's Davis Centre, considered the history of migrants’ precarious lives, with a specific focus on the Pacific World in the 19th and 20th century. Ben presented at the conference on gold rush migration and the story of Australian migration to the California gold rush.