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The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event draws public’s attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. For more information please visit

This year Berghahn Books turns 25! To mark this important milestone, we are offering 25% off all books. For print titles, please add the coupon code BB25. For eBooks, the discount is automatic.

In addition, Berghahn Journals is offering FULL ACCESS to related articles until June 28. Scroll down for details.



Refugees Welcome?: Difference and Diversity in a Changing GermanyREFUGEES WELCOME?
Difference and Diversity in a Changing Germany
Edited by Jan-Jonathan Bock and Sharon Macdonald


Combining in-depth anthropological studies with more long-term analyses, this volume examines the responses to and implications of the arrival in 2015 and 2016 of over one million asylum seekers and refugees in Germany – widely seen as the most major and contested social change in the country since reunification.

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In Pursuit of Belonging: Forging an Ethical Life in European-Turkish SpacesIN PURSUIT OF BELONGING
Forging an Ethical Life in European-Turkish Spaces
Susan Beth Rottmann


In Pursuit of Belonging is an ethnography of Turkish migrants’ struggle for understanding, intimacy and appreciation when they return from Germany to their Turkish homeland. Drawing on an established tradition of life story writing in anthropology, Rottmann conveys the struggle to forge an ethical life by relating the experiences of a second-generation German-Turkish woman named Leyla.

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Competing Power: Landscapes of Migration, Violence and the StateCOMPETING POWER
Landscapes of Migration, Violence and the State
Narmala Halstead


Drawing from ethnographic material based on long-term research, this volume considers competing forms of power at micro- and macro-levels in Guyana, where the local is marked by extensive migration, corruption, and differing levels of violence.

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Mobile Urbanity: Somali Presence in Urban East AfricaMOBILE URBANITY
Somali Presence in Urban East Africa
Edited by Neil Carrier and Tabea Scharrer

Volume 20, Integration and Conflict Studies


The increased presence of Somalis has brought much change to East African towns and cities in recent decades, change that has met with ambivalence and suspicion, especially within Kenya. This volume demystifies Somali residence and mobility in urban East Africa, showing its historical depth, and exploring the social, cultural and political underpinnings of Somali-led urban transformation.


The Political Economy of Border Drawing: Arranging Legality in European Labor Migration PoliciesNew in Paperback

Arranging Legality in European Labor Migration Policies
Regine Paul


The Political Economy of Border Drawing is an interesting and relevant read for anyone interested in migration management and policies in Europe. The book contains key statistics on legal migration in each country and clearly summarizes each chapter’s main analytical points and findings, making it very reader-friendly. It can be recommended for both academic scholars and policy practitioners seeking better understanding of the methods and management of labor migration.” · International Migration Review

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Forced Migration Series

This series, published in association with the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford, reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the field and includes within its scope international law, anthropology, sociology, politics, international relations, geopolitics, social psychology and economics.


Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics, and Humanitarian GovernanceVolume 38 Available in Paperback

Power, Politics, and Humanitarian Governance
Edited by Adèle Garnier, Liliana Lyra Jubilut, and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik


Examining resettlement practices worldwide and drawing on contributions from anthropology, law, international relations, social work, political science, and numerous other disciplines, this ground-breaking volume highlights the conflicts between refugees’ needs and state practices, and assesses international, regional and national perspectives on resettlement, as well as the bureaucracies and ideologies involved.

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Gender, Violence, RefugeesVolume 37 New in Paperback

Edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ulrike Krause


“…an excellent read and contribution to the fields of refugee and gender studies…[that] should be a required reading for graduate students and scholars of (forced) migration and policymakers working with displaced populations.”Gender & Society

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The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee CampVolume 36, SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 BBC THINKING ALLOWED ETHNOGRAPHY AWARD

Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp
Naohiko Omata


“Excellent in every respect… The work fills a major gap in the refugee studies literature, as there has been no previous book-length account of this particular refugee population or the topic under review (how refugees cope in the absence of humanitarian assistance). Unlike some anthropological accounts of refugee situations, the study is a delight to read, bereft of unnecessary theory and maintains a consistent focus on the refugees themselves.” · Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

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Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and SurvivalVolume 35 In Paperback

Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and Survival
Edited by Lynda Mannik


“The volume will be of particular interest to scholars working on migration and borders, but, by providing ample case studies of historical and contemporary representations of migration by boat, it also will appeal to academics interested in media and communication studies.”Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

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Making <i>Ubumwe</i>: Power, State and Camps in Rwanda's Unity-Building ProjectVolume 34, FINALIST FOR THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION 2016 BETHWELL A. OGOT BOOK PRIZE

Power, State and Camps in Rwanda’s Unity-Building Project
Andrea Purdeková


“This is a book that deserves to be widely read. [It] will appeal to both Rwanda and African Studies scholars and is a must-read for graduate students preparing to do fieldwork in Rwanda. Scholars working in development studies, peace and conflict studies, comparative politics and cultural anthropology will be rewarded for a careful read.”Journal of Modern African Studies



Berghahn Journals

In recognition of World Refugee Day, Berghahn Journals is offering FULL ACCESS to related articles until June 28.


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Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

Coming Together in the So-Called Refugee Crisis: A Collaboration Among Refugee Newcomers, Migrants, Activists and Anthropologists in Berlin





Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

The End of the European Honeymoon?: Refugees, Resentment and the Clash of Solidarities






Conflict and Society: Advances in Research

“Our Future Is Already in Jeopardy”: Duress and the Palimpsest of Violence of Two CAR Student Refugees in the DRC






Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

The Boy on the Beach: The Fragility of Canada’s Discourses on the Syrian Refugee “Crisis”

Syrian Diasporans as Transnational Civil Society Actors: Perspectives from a Network for Refugee Assistance




European Judaism

European Judaism: A Journal for the New Europe

Volume 50, Issue 2

‘Welcome to Britain’ Refugees Conference: In Memory of Eleanor Rathbone

Refugees: Two Personal Histories



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Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology




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Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology

Avoiding Poison: Congolese Refugees Seeking Cosmological Continuity in Urban Asylum






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