Cradle of Solidarity and Philoxenia. Exotic Distortions of the Greek Migration Crisis
In 2015, Greece found itself at the heart of the refugee and migration crisis, as the country’s eastern sea borders became the major entry gate to Europe for up to a million people fleeing from the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Central Asia. While unsuccessfully struggling to deal with this pressing crisis, Greece drew worldwide media attention and became the focal point of humanitarian activism. This context created a dual exoticism, whereby immigrants are conceived as “absolute victims” and passive relief receivers, eventually losing their identity and personality; Greece on the other hand is heralded as an ideal host country, the cradle of sympathy and Philoxenia. As a result, the tragic conflicts and dire contradictions of the migration and refugee crisis issue are ultimately downplayed.
KeywordsGreek refugee crisis Exoticism ‘Economy of compassion’ Global cities Open borders
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