The latest issue of New World looks beyond the politicised terminology and populist myths that have skewed public perceptions of the refugee and migrant crisis. It seeks to uncover the real experiences of migrants, assess the global response and offer recommendations on how the West could adopt a better approach.
As Baroness Neuberger writes, compassion for migrants and refugees has been fickle. The outrage that accompanied Alan Kurdi’s death has subsided, and British MPs recently rejected a proposal to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children stranded in Europe - only to announce a U-turn just days later. .
This "short-sighted" response from the West has borne a disproportionate burden on developing countries, which accommodate the vast majority of refugees. It also raises serious questions about our commitment to the values we profess to uphold and risks undermining the stability of the international system.