Our Book of the Month choice for June

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.


Urban refugees: challenges in protection, services and policy

edited by Koichi Koizumi and Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Routledge, 2015

Shelfmark: HV640.URB 2015



Our Book of the Month choice for June has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, African and Commonwealth Studies


Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with Refugee Week (17-23 June).

Book Overview

Urban refugees now account for over half the total number of refugees worldwide. Yet to date, far more research has been done

on refugees living in camps and settlements set up expressly for them. This book provides crucial insights into the worldwide phenomenon of refugee flows into urban settings, repercussions

for those seeking protection, and the agencies and organizations tasked to assist them. It provides a comparative exploration of refugees and asylum seekers in nine urban areas in Africa, Asia and Europe to examine issues such as status recognition, international and national actors, housing, education and integration. It explores the relationship between refugee policies of international organisations and national governments and on the ground realities.  It also demonstrates both the diversity of circumstances in which refugees live, and their struggles for recognition, protection and livelihoods.


“This book is the first edited volume to tackle the topic of urban refugees and their survival ‘‘between a rock and a hard place”. (…) this edited collection serves not only as a useful introduction to the phenomenon of urban refugees but will also be relevant to those

with a particular interest in the refugee situation in one of the cities or countries covered.”

Neil James Wilson, City University of London

Where can I find it?

We have two Normal Loan copies on our open shelves, which can be borrowed. One of these is currently located on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display to borrow it. The shelfmark for the title is HV640.URB 2015

We also have two eBooks of the title. Both can be accessed via SOLO. One is an electronic legal deposit copy. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO. The other can also be accessed in the library by all or remotely by University Card holders by signing in with your SSO.  A link to it can be found on SOLO.

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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