Refuge (a book on refugee)

Refugee was the topic asked of me during my last job interview. I remembered that my answer was rather controversial and it caught the interviewer off-guard. But landed me the job I interviewed for nonetheless. 

It was fun.

But this is not really the subject for today’s post. 

And the subject for today’s post is on a book by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts, titled Refuge, Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World, a rather heavy reading, even for me.

The thing that caught my interest of the book was it was, as mentioned before, the subject of my last job interview. And as I reading it, it remind me of my answers during the interview when asked about what I would do when handling refugee.

“What you would do if you’re given power and authority to manage refugee?”

Refugee crisis isn’t a simple matter of opening or closing borders, it’s much more than that.

Well, below is my reading note from the book, not actually my cup of tea, but well, the book did intrigue me.

My reading notes from the book

  • The world is currently in the midst of its worst episode of mass displacement since World War II. Among those whom I could think of are that of Palestinian, Syria, Burma, Yemen and Somalia. And most of the people involved are my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.
  • Some 65 million people have been forced from their homes, and 21 million have crossed international borders, making them refugees. 
  • Refugee crises happened when an already-weak society descends into violence and chaos. 
  • Refugee crises can occur in both strong, repressive regimes such as Syria and in weak states such as Yemen and Somalia. 
  • Current refugee policies are ill-fitted to the realities of 21st century refugee life. 
  • The ethical calculus of ignoring the refugee crisis is just like watching a child drown because you don’t want to get your clothes wet. 
  • Open-door policies by Germany and Italy created many unintended consequences.
  • The strongest nations have the capacity to absorb exiles, but no incentive to do so.
  • With Europe and North America turning away from Syrian refugees, much of the obligation falls on neighboring nations. 
  • The modern refugee crisis calls for a multiple strategic approach which empowers refugees and encourages effective international collaboration.

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