Our librarians have highlighted a few books from the Robbins Library and Minuteman network that will help users explore issues related to refugees.
The making of the modern refugee by Peter Gatrell
he Making of the Modern Refugee is a comprehensive history of global population displacement in the twentieth century. It takes a new approach to the subject, exploring its causes, consequences, and meanings. History, the author shows, provides important clues to understanding how the idea ofrefugees as a “problem” embedded itself in the minds of policy-makers and the public, and poses a series of fundamental questions about the nature of enforced migration and how it has shaped society throughout the twentieth century across a broad geographical area – from Europe and the Middle Eastto South Asia, South-East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. (Publisher provided text)
Human cargo: a journey among refugees by Caroline Moorehead
The word refugee is more often used to invoke a problem than it is to describe a population of millions of people forced to abandon their homes, possessions, and families in order to find a place where they may, quite literally, be allowed to live. In spite of the fact that refugees surround us-the latest UN estimates suggest that 20 million of the world’s 6.3 billion people are refugees-few can grasp the scale of their presence or the implications of their growing numbers. (Publisher provided text)
Cast away : true stories of survival from Europe’s refugee crisis by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson
In one of the first works of narrative nonfiction on the ongoing refugee crisis and the civil war in Syria, Cast Away describes the agonizing stories and the impossible decisions that migrants have to make as they head toward what they believe is a better life: a pregnant Eritrean woman, four days overdue, chooses to board an obviously unsafe smuggler’s ship to Greece; a father, swimming from a sinking ship, has to decide whether to hold on to one child or let him go to save another. (Publisher provided text
The refugee in international society : between sovereigns by Emma Haddad
With the unrelenting unrest in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the Sudan, the plight of refugees has become an increasingly discussed topic in international relations. Why do we have refugees? When did the refugee ‘problem’ emerge? How can the refugee ever be reconciled with an international system that rests on sovereignty? This book highlights how refugees are an inevitable, if unanticipated, result of erecting political borders. (Publisher provided text)
Alek: from Sudanese refugee to international supermodel by Alek Wek
Born in Wau, in the southern Sudan, Alek knew only a few years of peace with her family before they were caught up in a ruthless civil war that pitted outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated government, and southern rebels against each other in a brutal conflict that killed nearly two million people. Here is her daring story of fleeing the war on foot and her escape to London, where her rise from young model to supermodel was all the more notable because of Alek’s non-European looks. A probe into the Sudanese conflict and an inside look into the life of a most unique supermodel, Alek is a book that will inspire as well as inform. (Publisher provided text)
- UN Refugee Agency on Resettlement
- US Resettlement Facts
- Department of Homeland Security Reports on Refugees and Asylees
- Refugees Entering the U.S. Already Face a Rigorous Vetting Process (New York Times)
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great resources for covering today’s social issues. “Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.” While developed for students, it provides essays and articles that support the myriad opinions and views of a topic.