There are more than 65 million refugees and displaced people in the world, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. This blog is about all those who are forced to leave their homes, as political refugees, economic or environmental migrants –  and about the response from those who have been fortunate enough never to be displaced.

The author currently teaches anthropology and sociology at New Jersey City University in the U.S.  He also worked for 9 years in an agency that resettled refugees in America.  He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration among other professional organizations.  He is also the co-founder of First Friends of NJ & NY, one of the largest and oldest immigration detention human rights and visitation programs in the country.

The title of the blog is taken from the poem “Refugee Blues,” by W.H. Auden.  You can begin by reading that, alongside the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees and the 1967 New York Protocol, which govern most international law about refugees today.

The current banner photo at the top of the page was taken in a refugee squatter camp in Patras, Greece in 2008.

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