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Travelers

A Novel

by Helon Habila

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Travelers by Helon Habila
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    Jun 2019, 288 pages
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    Aug 2020, 304 pages

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The Dehumanization of Refugees in Europe

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Two migrants talking at the San Ferdinando camp before its destructionAccording to the UN Refugee Agency, over 40,000 refugees arrived in Europe in the first seven months of 2019, the vast majority from the war-torn nations of Afghanistan, Syria, Morocco and Iraq. Another 668 have died or gone missing on their journey. The total number of arrivals for 2018 was 141,472, with 2,277 dead or missing. While these numbers are alarmingly large, they are a fraction of the totals from 2015 when the crisis reached its peak and over one million refugees sought shelter in Europe, with 3,771 dead or missing (which is in itself a fraction of the total number of over 16 million people who have been displaced by post-9/11 conflicts). In addition to those from the Middle East, the Pew Research Center, reports nearly one million sub-Saharan Africans applied for asylum in Europe between 2010-2017 (along with the hundreds of thousands that have migrated illegally). These statistics are staggering, and also vaguely impersonal, but books like Helon Habila's Travelers, ...

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