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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 ...

(Auto)Immunising Hospitality: EUrope
(Auto)Immunising Hospitality: EUrope

EUrope’s hospitality is in crisis.1 Over 600,000 refugees arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea alone in 2015, with over 3,000 dead or missing.2 Nearly half of these people are thought to be from Syria, with many fleeing from Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and elsewhere (IOM, 2015). The scale of arrivals, and EUrope’s inability to welcome them in a coordinated manner, have led to characterisations of a ‘migrant crisis’ (BBC, 2015b), a ‘refugee crisis’ (Guardian, 2015a) or a ‘border crisis’ (Vaughan-Williams, 2015) for the continent (Europe) and its institutions (the EU). EUrope’s response has been marked by in-fighting and the closing of national borders, all of which is jeopardising long-term EUropean solidarity. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has ...

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