Monday, March 21, 2022

Rights as "stepping stones" or "hurdles" for refugees coming to Switzerland

In "The ‘scent of ink’: Toni Morrison’s 'Beloved' and the semiotics of rights" (2014), Elisabeth Anker argues that "rights [...] have too often operated not as stepping stones but rather as hurdles or barriers." That contrast between stepping stones and barriers is exemplified in Alexander Vögeli's "Djamal und Ludmila – gleiche Bomben, anderes Fluchtschicksal", which imagines two refugees arriving in Switzerland from Syria and Ukraine, from their route to Switzerland and their bureaucratic experiences here to their accommodations, work opportunies, and chances of having their families join them. The obstacles faced by the Syrian become stepping stones for the Ukrainian because she is assumed to have rights that he has to deserve. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 21 March 2022)


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