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[Editorial] Adapting to migration as a planetary force

The spectre of hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing Europe and being turned away by nations, despite urgent and heart-rending appeals for safe haven, has disturbing historical echoes. In 1938, Hertha Nathorff, a Jewish physician living in Germany, wrote: “I’m counting the days until we come out of this living hell…Everyone has only one wish: to get out of this country. And they don’t hesitate to say so openly.” During 1938 and 1939, the world, including the USA, Europe, and Latin America, was reluctant to admit escaping Jewish refugees—with, as we know, horrific consequences.