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Books in brief: Refuge by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts

The reason refugees flee their homelands is now more to do with civil wars than wars between nations

Refuge by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts (Allen Lane, £20)

According to the authors, Oxford academics Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, the reason refugees flee their homelands is now more to do with civil wars than wars between nations. State fragility and mass violence form a toxic brew. In order to address this new world of war more effectively, so the authors argue, governments need to change their attitude and their policies. For example, housing refugees in large camps—such as the Dadaab camps in northern Kenya, home to 300,000 Somalis—is often inimical…

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