Stories of hell and hope: books that explore refugee crisis, migration and immigration
From harsh stories of lives lived in exile to tales of hope-filled new starts, these are some of the best books about immigration and the refugee crisis.
The current refugee crisis is the worst in history. Every day, 34,000 people leave settled lives behind, desperate to find a safer, more hopeful future. Migration has become a political football across Europe and further afield, and media scare stories mean it is all too easy to lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this emergency.
This year, the team behind Refugee Week, which falls between 14-20 June 2021, is encouraging more people than ever to get involved with one or more 'Simple Acts'. These simple acts, although small, together will make a huge difference to refugees the world over.
One small and simple act that can effect real change, is to read a book; whether it be fiction or non-fiction, read alone or as a part of a book club.
So to help inspire you, here we've shared just some stories of the people who have experienced either voluntary migration or have fled their homes as refugees, that can help us understand a little better the issues surrounding immigration and the refugee crisis.
Whichever book you choose, let Refugee Week know what you’ve read and where it took you by sharing on social media using #ReadaBook and #SimpleActs.
In this episode of Book Break, Emma recommends even more refugee and immigration stories from around the world.