Political philosopher Hannah Arendt fled in 1933 with many other German Jews from the Nazi regime through Europe and to America. After that, she became politically and socially engaged and began writing essays on refugees, stateless people and rights now compiled in the text collection The lawless and the humble. In it, she writes: "The unjust accident is not that they are deprived of life, liberty and a pursuit of happiness or equality for the law and freedom of speech – formulas created to solve the problem within a given community – but that they are not longer is any particular community at all. ”It is this question of belonging that is the focal point of these strong texts.
Identity Confusion. When Arendt in the first essay We are refugees attaches great importance to distinguishing Flygtninge og migrants, it is not primarily to emphasize the difference between people breaking up from war, oppression and persecution, and people leaving their homes because of financial hopelessness. Only the first, as you know, legitimately consider as an asylum seeker. The latter are today referred to as convenience refugees. Rather, Arendt's point is to draw our attention to the connection between the vulnerability of exile psychology and the social and political struggle for value.
She describes the problem for the newly arrived Jew to America as a struggle between the nation state's demands for assimilation and the difficulty of preserving. . .
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