Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System

Publication

Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System

Refuge presents a new vision for refuge. Betts and Collier demonstrate that while Europe is facing its greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War, the institutions responding to it remain virtually unchanged from those created in the post-war era. They 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. Refuge sets out an alternative vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies, and even rebuild their countries of origin.