Questions of Identity: Continuities and Ruptures

Identity is very diverse for all people, in a constant state of change and the sum of various complementary, contradictory, refractive and ongoing influences. For refugees, however, flight often means a life-changing rupture in life. The loss of the familiar world, the family and the recognition of what was built up in life before the flight, and the uncertainty about one’s own future are very burdening for many. In addition, there is a mutual dynamic between migrants’ self-image and external reduction from outside, the will for self-expression and self-determined action on the one hand and restrictive and disenfranchising structures on the other. Any approach to questions of identity of refugees must face up to these aspects.

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