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No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis” is Serena Parekh’s third book but her first aimed at a non-academic audience. “What I really wanted to do was to communicate more broadly,” said Parekh, a professor of philosophy at Northeastern, “to find a more nuanced conversation about how to talk about refugees, because they’re not going anywhere.”

When many Americans think about refugees, Parekh said, they see the desperate journeys undertaken by those who cross oceans or borders seeking asylum. “What we don’t see is what happens to most refugees,” she said, “which is standing still.” Life in refugee camps, where many refugees live for years, lacks “the minimum conditions for human dignity,” she added.