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Why are refugees dying on the shores of prosperous, peacetime Europe? Are the numbers really unmanageable? And what if border controls brought more migrants into the rich world, not less? This month’s New Internationalist digs deeper into the backstory to Europe’s refugee crisis – and lays out an alternative, humanitarian vision that recognizes the reality of 21st century migration.

January 2016, Issue 489

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  • Humanity adrift

    Humanity adrift

    In a special report for this month’s Big Story, NI editor Hazel Healy travels to Lesvos to look for answers to Europe’s refugee crisis.

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  • Global refugee crisis: the facts

    Global refugee crisis: the facts

    Where people come from, where they flee to – and why they keep moving. New Internationalist gives a worldwide context for refugee flows with this zoomable infograph from our Jan/Feb magazine.

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  • Who is cashing in on keeping migrants out?

    Who is cashing in on keeping migrants out?

    Ruben Andersson unpicks a murky border control industry that generates its own demand.

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  • ‘How can you say no?’

    ‘How can you say no?’

    Reem Haddad reports on how Christian Palestinians in Lebanon have welcomed Muslim refugees from Syria.

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  • 9 inspiring stories of solidarity with refugees and migrants

    9 inspiring stories of solidarity with refugees and migrants

    While governments seal borders and erect walls, ordinary people are offering support and shelter. Hazel Healy offers a global sample.

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  • The fear of ‘not enough to go round’

    The fear of ‘not enough to go round’

    Global inequality lies at the root of our anxiety over migrants, says Bridget Anderson.

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  • The Unreported Year

    The Unreported Year

    Stories you might have missed in 2015. Compiled by Jo Lateu.

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  • The violence of nonviolent protest

    The violence of nonviolent protest

    Mark Boyle writes on why he opposes 'mindless nonviolence'.

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  • Doing grief properly

    Doing grief properly

    Compulsory grief is both pointless and grotesque, writes Kate Smurthwaite.

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  • Letter from Bangui: The guardian

    Letter from Bangui: The guardian

    A sudden change in an employee's health reveals hidden hardship to Ruby Diamonde.

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  • Mixed Media: Best of 2015

    Mixed Media: Best of 2015

    The films, music and books that made the grade this year.

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  • Mixed Media: Films

    Mixed Media: Films

    This month's film reviews.

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  • Mixed Media: Music

    Mixed Media: Music

    This month's music reviews.

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  • Country profile: Djibouti

    Country profile: Djibouti

    David Styan on life in continental Africa's least-populated state.

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  • A good moment to make a scene

    A good moment to make a scene

    Urgent cries for racial justice must not go unheard, writes Mark Engler.

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  • Mixed Media: Books

    Mixed Media: Books

    This month's book reviews.

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  • The death of racism and the myth of white supremacy

    The death of racism and the myth of white supremacy

    Rapper and campaigner Akala in conversation with Dan Glazebrook.

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