Against the Currents: Refugees Welcome

  • Krzysztof JaskułowskiEmail author


This chapter focuses on those interviewees who contested the hegemonic discourse and were unequivocally in favour of receiving refugees (the welcomers). It distinguishes and analyses three types of argument in favour of receiving refugees. First, the chapter discusses the discourse of open borders, which has diminished or denied the importance of nation-states and national borders. Second, it explores the humanitarian discourse stressing assistance for those fleeing war. Third, it analyses the multicultural discourse that values intercultural contact and cultural diversity. The chapter also discusses the inconsistencies of these arguments, such as an unrealistic approach to open borders, inadequacy of humanitarian assistance and representations of refugees as passive victims.


Refugees Refugee protection Open borders Humanitarianism Multiculturalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesSWPS University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland

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