This book was first published in 2005 by Chatto & Windus and this issue by Vintage was published in 2006. Admittedly the information within it is a little dated but still relevant today. It is an excellent, well researched account of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers and their treatment by governments around the world. No matter what your stance is on this subject, it is worth reading this book in order to give yourself a better, more informed understanding of the wider problem before reaching any conclusions.
"Caroline Moorhead has visited war zones, camps and prisons from Guinea and Afghanistan to Texas and Italy. She has interviewed emigration officers and members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva while investigating the fates of the 17 million people currently displaced from their homes. How can society cope with this diaspora of the twenty-first century? Is there a difference between 'good' asylum seekers and 'bad' economic migrants? What happens to those whose applications are turned down? The difficult questions are asked, the horrible issues faced. But, above all, Human Cargo celebrates the courage and will to survive shown by ordinary human beings."