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September 2018

Migration Research Network Seminar: Constesting ‘refugeeness’: Exploring the paradoxes between discourses of hospitality and refugee (self)representation in New Zealand

Discourses of hospitality – the welcoming of refugees – are largely driven by humanitarian concern and a sense of moral duty towards refugees.  However, they also risk encouraging a regime of compassion and charity that may speak more about ourselves as humanitarian actors than the very people we purport to help.  Refugees are thus framed as objects of ‘our’ humanitarian concern and moral responsibility, stereotyped as helpless vulnerable victims without agency who are reliant on others to speak on their…

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