Required reading for a refugees minister | Letters

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Anyone in such a post will find Alexander Betts and Paul Collier’s book Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System invaluable, writes Stephen Williams

Thanks for Caroline Moorehead’s explication of the all-party parliamentary group’s excellent suggestion (We need a refugees minister, 17 May). I can only add that any such appointee will find Alexander Betts and Paul Collier’s book Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System invaluable in setting context, as it is inspiring in referencing such initiatives as the Jordan Compact, which, for example, currently enables refugee-made garments to be retailed through Asda.

A cabinet-level incumbent, as envisaged by Ms Moorehead, would additionally be vitally helpful in redirecting a habitually stonewalling Home Office that has all too often left journalistic and other interested enquirers “behind the curve” – to the chagrin of the many people whose considerable goodwill towards refugees is so frequently evidenced in both your own pages and those of other, local publications.
Stephen Williams
Peacehaven, East Sussex

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