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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 ...

Flourishing Hospitality: Global Cities
Flourishing Hospitality: Global Cities

A much greater proportion of refugees look to the refuge provided by the anonymity and freedom of the city than the humanitarian government of camps. Based on incomplete figures, UNHCR estimates that 56 per cent of refugees in 2013 were residing in urban areas, around 90 per cent in private accommodation (2014b: 37). The Turkish government claims that, during the ongoing crisis, 64 per cent of Syrian refugees in Turkey live in cities, outside of camps (AFAD, 2013: 18). Of course, the distinction between camps and cities is not clear cut; many planned camps are within cities and can become indistinguishable from the surrounding urban environment (Peteet, 2005; Sanyal, 2011, 2014). Current Turkish camps, for example, mostly ...

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