The New Odyssey by Patrick Kingsley
The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis

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In the humane tradition of Katherine Boo’s
Behind the Beautiful Forevers comes a searing account of the international refugee crisis.Intrepid and empathetic, Patrick Kingsley has traveled through seventeen countries to bear witness to the largest forced migration since the end of World War II. Meeting hundreds of refugees and fleeing with them across the Mediterranean to reach the wary shores of Europe, Kingsley investigates why these victims are forced to leave their homes, how they do it, and who helps or hinders their path to safety. Tracing the journey of one Syrian migrant, Hashem al-Souki, in particular,
who braved the harrowing trek not once but twice, Kingsley draws a compassionate, visceral portrait of the mass migration in both its epic scope and its heartbreaking specificity. From the hideouts of Berber smugglers and the ports of Sicily to the railways of Western Europe and the footpaths of the Balkans,
The New Odyssey provides unprecedented, novelistic detail of a world in crisis.

About Patrick Kingsley

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Patrick Kingsley is the Egypt correspondent for The Guardian, having been a feature writer for the newspaper for two years. In 2009 he was named journalist of the year at the Guardian Student Media Awards, and in 2012, MHP Communications named him one of the top five young journalists to watch. Kingsley’s work has also appeared in Wired, Time Out, Daily Mail, and The Sunday Times (London). He lives in Cairo, Egypt.
Published January 10, 2017 by Liveright. 368 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(Fewer than 50 percent of Afghans have had their applications for asylum approved, only 10 percent of Pakistanis, and almost no refugees from the Balkans or Eastern Europe.) “The problem,” Kipp told me, is that the government “basically treats them all as long-term unemployed people.” The country...

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The Guardian's inaugural migration correspondent, Kingsley was named foreign affairs journalist of the year at the 2015 British Journalism Awards for "The Journey,"

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