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The European refugee crisis: crisis for whom?

The European refugee crisis: crisis for whom?

Representations of the European refugee crisis have come to be embedded in a language that sees Europe as a continent under siege. By putting forth the idea that 'we' are being flooded by 'them', an innocent We and a threatening Them are brought into existence – a distinction that appears divorced from historical and contemporary power structures and the many forms of violence that sustain them. We ought to be aware of the distortions produced in the process, for it is precisely through such distortions that some forms of human life are positioned outside of society's frame of reference and sphere of empathy.