Book Review: Chasing Chaos

Though Jessica Alexander’s book Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid is primarily a memoir of the first ten years of her humanitarian career, it is sprinkled with critique of the aid industry and history of the conflicts she worked in. The result is a compelling story of risk, discovery, culture shock,…

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What You Need to Know: The EU Migrant Crisis

These are highlights of this important current issue – the basics – that you should be aware of. Thousands of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have arrived in the European Union since January 2015. 40,000 have arrived in Italy alone, and UN officials estimate the total numbers of those who have crossed the Mediterranean is…

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3 Ways to Meet a Refugee

Refugees arrive in the US from various countries every day. They each have a unique story to share and their insight is invaluable for teaching us about the resiliency of the human spirit, and the importance of furthering human rights equality throughout the world. But how can you hear their stories if you don’t know…

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Book Review: Exodus by Paul Collier

When migration is discussed in politics and spheres of social science today, the pressing question tends to be, is migration good or bad. Paul Collier, in his book Exodus: How Migration is Changing our World (Oxford University Press, 2013. Kindle version.) seeks to answer the question how much migration is good? Collier also recognizes migration’s…

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Forced Migration Review

The most recent issue of Forced Migration Review, published by the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University focuses on climate change and the effect of natural disasters on the movement of people within countries and across state borders. The internationally recognized definition of a “refugee,” accepted in 1951 at the UNHCR Refugee Convention, does not…

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State of the World’s Refugees

The State of the World’s Refugees is a publication of the UNHCR that is produced every few years. The most recent issue was released in 2012 and is subtitled In Search of Solidarity. The UNHCR has made available a synthesis of the full length book on their website. Follow the link below to view it in…

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