Refugees

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.

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.)

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