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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 ...

Conclusion: Risking Critical Practices of Hospitality
Conclusion: Risking Critical Practices of Hospitality

At 9.20pm on the 13 November 2015, EUrope’s darkest fears about (auto) immunising hospitality appeared to be confirmed. With the German and French national football teams playing a friendly match at the Stade de France, a suicide-bomber blew himself up outside, killing one bystander. This began a set of suicide and gun attacks in the 10th and 11th arrondissements of Paris, culminating in three men entering the Bataclan concert hall at 9.40pm and firing for around 15 minutes into the audience of a rock concert. A siege commenced with concert-goers held as hostages for two hours before police stormed the hall at 12.20am. In total, 89 people were killed and over 200 were injured.1 ...

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