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Speed Reading - Three books for Refugee Week

As a child, Iranian-born Dina Nayeri found sanctuary in the West. The Ungrateful Refugee (Canongate, £16.99; Tablet price £15.30) examines what it means to leave one’s homeland and become a refugee. Inter­woven with her family’s own experiences are the stories of those less fortunate. Nayeri writes eloquently about the desperate desire to be believed by immigration officers and the struggles of assimilation. The right to seek asylum is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so Nayeri questions why refugees have obsessively to prove their worth and gratitude to the rich nations that reluctantly take them in.
Lost Children Archive (Fourth Estate, £16.99; Tablet price £15.30) highlights the appal­ling treatment of unaccom­panied Latin American children arriving on the United States border, many of whom are flee­ing poverty or drug gangs. The title refers to those who “have lost the right to a childhood” and those who simply disappear. If they don’t die in the desert, they…