Migrants are in the spotlight, again

RASHMEE ROSHAN LALL November 15, 2023

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The Big Story:

Britain’s highest court decides on the government’ policy of sending asylum-seekers to Rwanda. The issue of refugees and migrants is politically fraught in many parts of the world.

The Backstory:

  • The United Nations estimates that the number of international migrants worldwide — people residing in a country other than their country of birth — reached 281 million in 2020.
  • Most international migrants reside in Asia and Europe (31% each), followed by northern America (21%).

This Week, Those Books:

  • A new global history of human migration.
  • A novel about a migrant who returned to his home in Sudan.
  • A television journalist explores a world with more walls than ever before.

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