Refugee crises often seem to emerge out of nowhere. All of a sudden, people are streaming across borders, making the excruciating choice that is no choice at all: to flee home as danger closes in, with little more than the clothes on their backs.
But the full story is almost always more complicated and, sadly, more predictable. By the time a refugee is knocking at a foreign door, the international system designed to protect them has already failed many times over.
The above excerpt was originally published in Just Security.
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