June Book of the Month

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature, highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Refuge: transforming a broken refugee system

Alexander Betts & Paul Collier

Allen Lane, 2017

Shelfmark: HV640.BET 2017





Our Book of the Month for June was selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for Forced Migration.  Chosen to tie in with Refugee Week (20-26 June) this newly published book has been co-written by Professor Alex Betts (Director, Refugee Studies Centre) and Professor Sir Paul Collier (Blavatnik School of Government).


Book Overview:

This book offers an eye-opening account of the migrant crisis showing why our global refugee regime is broken and how it can be fixed.

Going beyond the scenes of desperation which have become all-too-familiar in the past few years, the authors show that this crisis offers an opportunity for reform if international policy-makers focus on delivering humane, effective and sustainable outcomes – both for Europe and for countries that border conflict zones. Refugees need more than simply food, tents and blankets, and research demonstrates that they can offer tangible economic benefits to their adopted countries if given the right to work and education.


‘Betts and Collier offer innovative insights into how to more effectively meet this challenge, with an important new focus on international solidarity and refugee empowerment.’
Kofi Annan


‘Refugees and policy makers need practical answers to what is now a global crisis. This valuable book represents the kind of can-do thinking that we need to see.’
David Miliband


Where can I find it?

The title is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). We also have an additional lending copy shelved at  HV640.BET 2017.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

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