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Afghan Refugees and Uncertain Hospitality
Devastating scenes emerging from Afghan’s international airport in mid-August provide a sharp reminder of the four-decade long crisis of displacement that has so profoundly impacted Afghanistan and given rise to a global Afghan diaspora. As the world once again contemplates the prospect of mass refugee movement, the tension between claims of international sympathy for the Afghan plight and the reality of closed borders is thrown into stark relief. This talk will place the current humanitarian situation, as it pertains to Afghan refugees, in its broader historical context, with a focus on the way in which dual forces of hospitality and hostility have circumscribed Afghan life.

Oct 15, 2021 11:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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