"You have to understand," writes Somali-British poet Warsan Shire in her poem Home, "that no one puts their children in a boat/ unless the water is safer than the land".
Here are four other books that deal with the refugee experience through history.
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (2000)
By Loung Ung
Perennial/ Paperback/$27.27/ Books Kinokuniya
Ung, a survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime, recounts the deaths of her family at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, and her flight to Thailand and, later, the United States.
THE BLUE BETWEEN SKY AND WATER (2015)
By Susan Abulhawa
Bloomsbury Circus/ Paperback/$27.91/ Books Kinokuniya
In this novel that opens in southern Palestine in 1947, members of the Baraka family are forced to leave their village for a refugee camp in Gaza. Abulhawa draws on her own upbringing as the child of refugees of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War for this inter-generational epic of exile.
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (1971)
By Judith Kerr
Puffin/Paperback/ $11.24/ Books Kinokuniya
In this children's novel based partly on her own childhood, Kerr depicts the rise of Nazism in Germany through the eyes of a nine-year-old Jewish girl, whose family must flee Berlin and move from city to city in Europe to elude Nazi capture.
A LONG WAY GONE (2007)
By Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton Books/Paperback/ $23.27/Books Kinokuniya
Beah writes about the horrific years he spent as a child soldier during the 1990s civil war in Sierra Leone, when he was brainwashed into killing and using drugs, and his eventual rehabilitation and escape from Freetown to the US.