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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
I’ve also engaged in a couple of related discussions on Twitter. When Alexander Betts and Paul Collier’s book Refuge: transforming a broken refugee system came out, I took issue with some misunderstandings in David Goodhart’s very approving review: he didn’t like it very much. That thread is storified here. 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 get beyond the preamble and chapter 1—these links are also to storified Twitter threads. (At some point my full review of it from a historian’s perspective will be finished and published.)