Refugee history is the main focus of my research and teaching at the moment, and posts about refugees—in the present as well as the past—get the most interest on this blog. So I thought I’d compile a list of related posts and keep it here permanently. I’ll update it as and when. There are a couple of links to academic publications here: if you’re unable to get access to them, please email me (address here) and I’ll be happy to send you a PDF.
- The average length of stay in a refugee camp is 17 years. Except that it isn’t. A post about this often repeated but very unreliable statistic. (Following on from that post, I was interviewed about this statistic by the BBC radio programme More Or Less.)
- There is currently an ‘unprecedented’ number of refugees in the world. Except that there isn’t. This link is to The New Humanitarian, not to a post on this blog: I wrote an opinion piece for them about another often repeated statistic, which—though it’s often helpfully meant—is misleading and counterproductive. (Auf Deutsch; en français.)
- Images of refugees: a first post on this subject.
- Images of refugees, part 2: a longer post about images of refugees on land (especially the ‘overland trudge’).
- Images of refugees, part 3: a post about the other great visual trope of refugees on the move—the ‘refugee boat’.
- Images of refugee camps, part 1: a post about looking down on refugee camps from above.
- Can a refugee carry a gun? This post says no, at least not if they still want to be considered a refugee. But that’s not a definitive answer.
- Refugees and the definition of Syria, 1920-1939: a post about taking seven years to get an article on this subject published. It’s out now, though. (Another blog post outlines the multiple rounds of revision that my later article on the history of humanitarian evacuations went through before it was finally accepted and published—a lengthy but eventually positive process.)
- Humans and animals in refugee camps: this post summarizes some of the research I’ve been doing myself, or coordinating, on this subject, and provides links to several related publications.
The Storified versions of my Twitter threads about Alexander Betts and Paul Collier’s 2017 book Refuge: transforming a broken refugee system have now vanished, along with Storify itself. However, the threads themselves are still there. The first took issue with some misunderstandings in David Goodhart’s very approving review: it starts here. (Goodhart didn’t like it very much.) Once I’d obtained a copy of this deeply problematic book myself, I started live-tweeting it, but found so many problems that I didn’t continue past the preamble and introduction—it was taking too long. I did finish the book, though, and my review essay considering it from a historian’s perspective was published in 2019.