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Refugees: Identification and Inequality

While Europe's attention is fixed on the war in Ukraine, and millions of their citizens are fleeing to safer grounds, Gwendolyn Versluis, current Master Student Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Zürich, remembers the war in Syria and it's ensuing "refugee crises" in 2015. "What constitutes the basis for the large scale empathy, supportiveness and solidarity from Europeans with the Ukrainian today?", she asks. Convinced that identification is a major prerequisite, she remembers her activist engagement for Syrian refugees in Greece and her photographic street art project in 2016, "I am like you", aiming at creating identification with male refugees, a group that is often negatively connotated in public discourse.

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