Hello, I'm Daniel Trilling -- a London-based journalist and author. You can contact me at daniel dot trilling at gmail dot com.


My new book Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe is based on five years of reporting on people who come to Europe in search of asylum. It’s published in the UK by Picador, in the US by Verso and in Italy by Marsilio -- and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year.


My journalism is published by the Guardian, New York Times, London Review of Books and others. It has won prizes from the Migration Media Award and Human Trafficking Foundation, and was shortlisted for an Amnesty Media Award.


I’m also the author of Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right, which was longlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize.


Selected articles


Europe's great migration, 1945 to the present. (Guardian, August 2019)


How the media contributed to the migrant crisis. (Guardian, August 2019)


The artists filling in the blanks in our collective memory. (Apollo, July 2019)


Why Britain won't return Ethiopia's sacred treasures. (The Atlantic, July 2019)


"I'm not racist, but ...". (London Review of Books, April 2019)


How political is political art?. (Apollo, December 2018)


Lessons from a 103-year-old Jewish East London socialist. (New York Times, November 2018)


Tommy Robinson and the far right’s new playbook. (Guardian, October 2018)


Five myths about the refugee crisis. (Guardian, June 2018)


How a champion boxer got caught in Britain’s immigration dragnet. (Guardian, May 2018)


What national museums tell us about national identities. (Apollo, February 2018)


In Yerevan: how displacement has shaped Armenia’s national story. (London Review of Books, November 2017)


The French farmer smuggling migrants in the Alps. (New Statesman, September 2017)


Should we build a wall around North Wales? On border violence, refugees and alternatives to the current system. (London Review of Books, July 2017)


The UK’s “hostile environment” for immigrants exposed. (New York Times, May 2017)


Stuck in Sicily: the women fighting to escape sex trafficking. (London Review of Books, May 2016)


On the night bus to Idomeni. (London Review of Books, December 2015)


Watching a secretive Home Office deportation flight. (New Statesman, August 2015)


Hakim Bello’s account of surviving a smuggler boat journey from Libya. (Guardian, April 2015)


Europe’s reluctance to help Syrian refugees stranded in Bulgaria risks a wider crisis, warn observers. (Al Jazeera, April 2014)


The Italians taking their cultural heritage into collective ownership. (New Statesman, September 2013)


A warning from Athens: how austerity has fuelled the growth of the far right. (New Statesman, December 2012)


Britain’s last anti-Jewish riots. (New Statesman, May 2012)


How the Rochdale grooming case exposed British prejudice. (New Statesman, August 2012)


The blighting of Burnley: an extract from Bloody Nasty People. (New Statesman, September 2012)