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Migration has long been a feature of human societies, in all their variety, even while migration acquires a qualitatively novel status in modernity amidst the organisation of populations according to nation-states. This chapter, consistent with the overall aim of the volume, discusses refugee integration in a way that can shed significant light on the potential and the limits of individual responsibility. It argues that what is key to understanding contemporary debates in Europe is how matters of race and the postcolonial legacies cast a long shadow, and that refugee receiving societies need to take responsibility for these issues rather than ignore them.