Infantilising refugees amidst manufactured multiculturalism

What accompanies this movement is a complete loss of that primary sense of belonging included as the bedrock of human-rights guarantees: citizenship. In the context of the Holocaust in Europe, Hannah Arendt, the Jewish political theorist, identified "membership in a human community" as the single most important qualification for any assessment of human rights. For her, the 'stateless' are those people who do not even possess the "right to have rights". In post-World War II international legal formulations, however, the 'refugee' and the 'stateless person' cannot be conflated. Though uprooted, refugees still legally possess affiliation to a state, even while the citizenship guarantee is almost nonexistent because the very state that is expected to protect the individual as a citizen becomes the reason for that person's persecution.

Globalisation has brought with it the ability of dramatically greater numbers of people to move across international borders for better prospects. The paradox, however, is that many are making these journeys under duress, oftentimes because the place they called home has been taken away from them – be it due to wars that claim to usher in peace, or calculated pogroms that aim to rid a territory of people considered to be 'contaminating' a community's cultural 'purity'.

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