The wave of refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and other countries in crisis continues to grow, and asylum seekers continue to face obstacles in western and northern Europe. The United States and Canada have largely been spared in this latest crisis due to a coincidence of geography. However, both countries were built on immigrant labor and experience critical issues in government immigration policies. Lawrence Hill’s latest novel—The Illegal—has been ripped from the headlines, and looks at the plight of the undocumented immigrant, statelessness, human potential, and what it means to belong. Join The Chicago Council, Lawrence Hill, Ali Noorani, and for a discussion on the current refugee crisis in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and government immigration policies in the US and Canada.