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Can We Solve the Migration Crisis?

ISBN: 978-1-5095-1939-2
140 pages
April 2018, Polity
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Every minute 24 people are forced to leave their homes and over 65 million are currently displaced world-wide. Small wonder that tackling the refugee and migration crisis has become a global political priority.

But can this crisis be resolved and if so, how? In this compelling essay, renowned human rights lawyer and scholar Jacqueline Bhabha explains why forced migration demands compassion, generosity and a more vigorous acknowledgement of our shared dependence on human mobility as a key element of global collaboration. Unless we develop humane 'win-win' strategies for tackling the inequalities and conflicts driving migration and for addressing the fears fuelling xenophobia, she argues, both innocent lives and cardinal human rights principles will be squandered in the service of futile nationalism and oppressive border control.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 - A Crisis Like No Other?
  • Chapter 2 - A Duty of Care
  • Chapter 3 - The System at Breaking Point
  • Chapter 4 - Finding Workable and Humane Solutions
  • References
  • Further Reading
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Author Information

Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.
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