Refugees Welcome Index by Amnesty International

In 2016, Amnesty International published the Refugees Welcome Index, a report about the discrepancy between public policy and public opinion regarding refugees in the world.

China, Germany and Britain top the charts as most welcoming while Russia, Indonesia and Thailand are, according the report, the least welcoming.

“Mer än hälften av de tillfrågade i Tyskland (57%) sa att de skulle ta emot flyktingar i sin närhet, och ytterligare en av 10 skulle välkomna dem in i sina hem. Nästan alla tillfrågade i Tyskland (96%) uppgav att de skulle acceptera flyktingar i sitt eget land, men endast tre procent säger att de skulle vägra dem inträde.

Människor i flera länder som redan har accepterat ett stort antal flyktingar visar inga tecken på att acceptansen håller på att avta, och Grekland och Jordanien ansluter sig till Tyskland gällande länder i topp 10 i indexet.”

Read the article here (in Swedish)

Read the article in English here. 


Artists move not because they want to, but because they need to…

In October 2016, the writer, curator and artist Frida Sandström wrote an article for about art and solidarity, specifically about solidary practices in contemporary art and their impact on institutions and cultural policy in the Nordic countries today. This article provides an excellent basis for reflection about themes we will be dicussing in the seminar. Of note, Sandström writes about the residency program UNICORN – artists in solidarity, who will be speaking at “A Second Home.”

“…En annan grupp som arbetar lokalt med frågor om internationellt utbyte och mänskliga rättigheter är UNICORN – Artists in Solidarity i Malmö. Men kollegial solidaritet i fokus verkar de sedan två år tillbaka för att bjuda in konstnärer som inte anses kvalificerade som fristadskonstnärer – vilket skulle göra dem berättigade till ett tvåårigt tillfälligt arbetstillstånd – men som likväl är i behov av att under en period verka utanför sitt hemland. UNICORN verkar med knappa resurser, och bygger på att konstnärer, gallerier och grupper i Malmö själva upplåter sina resurser till den gästande konstnären.

UNICORNs första residens riktade sig sommaren 2016 till konstnärer från Ukraina. Valet av fokusland var även här ett direkt svar på en politiskt instabil situationen i landet. Till Malmö kom konstnärerna och aktivisterna Ganna Tsyba och David Chichkan, som stannade i en månad.”

You may read the article here.

(Thanks Frida for letting us share your knowledge and insight!)

Fataneh Farahani asks: Who gets to call a place home?

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

On February 16th, the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research published an interview with one of the speakers for A Second Home, Fataneh Farahani, where we can learn more about her research on hospitality.

“Her research project concerns the concept of hospitality in relation to migration and aims to examine the political, philosophical and cultural aspects of hospitality towards migrants in Europe through empirical research. By understanding hospitality as a set of shifting relationships that involves continuous processes of inclusion and exclusion, the study aims to examine the conditionality of hospitality and the power asymmetries between those who are constructed as the ‘host’ and the ‘guest’.

The conditionality of hospitality demands the setting of some limits beyond which ‘the guest’, cannot trespass. However, the risk of transgression by the guest can turn a hospitable host into an inhospitable one, she explains.

According to Fataneh Farahani, racialised immigrants are expected to be thankful. As an example, she reminds me that I earlier in our meeting complained about the café we are in playing (loud) Christmas music although it is only 24 November. She says she too noticed the music, but that she would have never brought it up.

– You always have to watch out. It feels like you’re forever indebted and always have to show thankfulness. It is like an ever-increasing interest rate, and I wonder if one can ever pay it back.”

Read the whole interview here: Interview with Fataneh Farahani on the website for the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research