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In 2014, the ethics and politics of hospitality were brought into stark relief. Three years into the Syrian conflict, which had already created nearly 2.5 million refugees and internally displaced 6.5 million, the UN called on industrialised countries to share the burden of offering hospitality through a fixed quota system. The UK opted out of the system whilst hailing their acceptance of a moral responsibility by welcoming only 500 of the ‘most vulnerable’ Syrians. Given the state’s exclusionary character, what opportunities do other spaces in international politics offer by way of hospitality to migrants and refugees? Hospitality can take many different forms and have many diverse purposes. But wherever it occurs, the boundaries that enable it and make it possible are both created and unsettled ...

Humanitarian Hospitality: Refugee Camps
Humanitarian Hospitality: Refugee Camps

Forced migration is part of the everyday fabric of international politics. Whether the cause is civil war, environmental degradation, political, economic or social turmoil, having to leave one’s home and rely on the hospitality of others is devastatingly familiar. According to the UNHCR (2015: 2), an average of 42,500 people per day were forced to leave their homes and seek hospitality elsewhere in 2014.1 By the end of that year the total number of displaced people worldwide had risen to a record 59.5 million, the highest since records began, an increase of over 14 million on 2012 (UNHCR, 2013). Their population is now somewhere between that of South Africa and the UK and includes 19.5 million refugees ...

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