Helmut Kury and Sławomir Redo (eds), Refugees and Migrants in Law and Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education (Springer, 2018).

Refugees and migration are not a new story in the history of humankind, but in the last few years, against a backdrop of huge numbers of migrants, especially from war-torn countries, they have again been a topic of intensive and contentious discussion in politics, the media and scientific publications. Two United Nations framework declarations on the sustainable development goals and on refugees and migrants adopted in 2016 have prompted the editors – who have a background in international criminology – to invite 60 contributors from different countries to contribute their expertise on civic education aspects of the refugee and migrant crisis in the Global North and South. Comprising 35 articles, this book presents an overview of the interdisciplinary issues involved in irregular migration around the world. It is intended for educationists, educators, diplomats, those working in mass media, decision-makers, criminologists and other specialists faced with questions involving refugees and migrants as well as those interested in improving the prospects of orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration in the context of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Rather than a timeline for migration policies based on “now”, with states focusing on “stopping migration now”, “sending back migrants now” or “bringing in technicians or low-skilled migrant workers now”, there should be a long-term strategy for multicultural integration and economic assimilation. This book, prefaced by François Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, and William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, addresses the question of the rights and responsibilities involved in migration from the academic and practical perspectives of experts in the field of social sciences and welfare, and charts the way forward to 2030 and beyond, and also beyond the paradigm of political correctness

About the Editors
Helmut Kury studied Psychology at the University of Freiburg (Freiburg im Brsg., Germany), Diploma, Dr. in Psychology and Habilitation at the University of Freiburg. Between 1970 and 1973 Assistant Teacher at the University of Freiburg, Institute for Psychology, from 1973 – 1980 and from 1989 to 2006 Senior Researcher at the Max Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law in Freiburg im Brsg., Department of Criminology (MPI). 1980 – 1988 first Director of the new established Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN). Research in offender rehabilitation, crime prevention, attitudes to punishment, fear or crime, punitiveness, alternatives to punishment, mediation, victim offender restitution, methodological problems of empirical social science research, especially in criminology, international comparison of crime and punishment.

Sławomir Redo is a UN Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Expert and staff of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (ret.); Member of the Editorial Board of: Asian Journal of Criminology (Springer, Germany); Caribbean Journal of Criminology (The University of Western Indies, Jamaica) and Journal of International Organization Studies (UN Studies Association). About 80 publications on various crime and justice issues, mostly covered by United Nations law and practice, including cross-national crime trends, crime prevention, computerization of criminal justice, cybercrime, extradition, policing, principles of prosecution, judicial independence, victim compensation, death penalty, organized crime, and international criminal justice education.