Hannah Arendt’s Refugee History

Hannah Arendt was, in her own words, an ‘illegal immigrant’.  She had never been under any illusions about the capacities of the Nazi regime, but when she was caught doing clandestine work for a Zionist organisation in 1933, she knew she had no to choice but to leave. 

Externalising the ‘Refugee Crisis’: A Consequence of Historical Denial?

he Global North has struggled to respond to the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in coherent and meaningful ways, in part because of policy short-termism that fails to take history seriously. If we are to find better ways of responding to displacement, we must re-examine our historic assumptions, and attempt to move beyond our premature conclusions about the best shape of our humanitarian institutions – especially at the international level.