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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 ...

Unconditional Hospitality: (Trans-)Jordan as Postcolonial State
Unconditional Hospitality: (Trans-)Jordan as Postcolonial State

The space of contemporary Jordan is one marked over and over again by a history of hospitality. This has been exhibited in recent years through the welcome offered to Syrian refugees. Speaking to the European Parliament in March 2015, reigning monarch, King Abdullah II, underlined the morality and extent of their generosity:

Jordan also takes seriously our moral obligations to others. Despite scarce resources, the people of Jordan have opened their arms to refugees fleeing regional violence. Jordan has taken in thousands of Iraqi Christians over the past year. This is in addition to giving shelter to 1.4 million Syrian refugees, which is 20 per cent of the population, over the past few years. ...

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