The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kingsley - discussion questions

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We have some discussion questions for your reading group about The New Odyssey.

Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II. The author, Guardian’s migration correspondent, has reported on this crisis in depth. Throughout 2015, he has travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail. In this book, he gives an account of who these voyagers are, and why they keep coming, and how they do it.

“Patrick Kingsley writes from right inside the greatest movement of humanity in crisis to strike the Mediterranean and Europe since the Second World War. We suffer the lives so many suffered both at sea and on land, and suffer too the shifting response from the rest of humanity. He dis-entangles the individual from the mass. This is a unique journalistic achievement speeding urgent insight, understanding, and wake up calls for the rest of us who sleep easy in our beds at night.”
Jon Snow

“Kingsley tells the story of the greatest exodus of modern times in richly recognisably human terms, investigating and illuminating so much that gets routinely misreported and misrepresented . . . Compelling.”
Maurice Wren, Refugee Council Chief

“A gripping and frequently emotional read. Kingsley documents the overarching crisis of 2015 in vivid colour.”
Crispin Blunt MP
(Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons)

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