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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Book Review: On the Margins of the World by Michel Agier

“They are all emblematic of a human condition that is shaped and fixed on the margins of the world, one of its most tenacious foundations being our own ignorance of it” (3). Michel Agier, Professor of Anthropology at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris, France, writes this of refugees in…

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3 Stages of Refugee Identity

There are three major stages of identity that a refugee experiences: destruction, confinement, and resettlement. Every refugee one might meet in North America is navigating through the last of these three stages. Destruction This stage marks the beginning of an individual’s journey and identity as a refugee. In this stage, life as he or she…

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Book Review: The Middle of Everywhere

The Middle of Everywhere: The World’s Refugees Come to Our Town by Mary Pipher is one woman’s experience with globalization on a practical and local level. Born and raised in Nebraska, Pipher realizes that the middle of nowhere has suddenly become “the middle of everywhere.” She spends 367 pages weaving story after story of refugees…

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