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Activists in Movement: Unaccompanied Minor Refugees and the Formal and Informal Approaches to Life
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

We live in an unfair world full of borders, in which the right to move freely is not granted to everyone in the same degree. Refugees are constantly challenging these borders, they are activists in movement: the true avant-garde (Arendt) of our time, they resist by moving. These movements are opening spaces and times for other ways of living lives together.

Powers and governments put in place geographies and bureaucracies of control and management to prevent and stop the movement and the arrival of these refugees; their movement is a threat to the nation state. At the same time, aware of the inevitability of their arrival, they also enable and allow strategies to take advantage of their presence.

Studying these geographies and bureaucracies in the world, and in Sweden, shows the simplified life that forcefully is “offered” to those who are granted asylum.

In parallel, various alternative non-hierarchical and informal networks have existed on the margins of such bureaucracies showing a much more human, interesting and free life. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 103 p.
, Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention, UMA
Keyword [en]
architecture, migration, movement, unaccompanied minors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79391OAI: diva2:641372
Educational program
Master's Programme in Immediate Architectural Intervention
Auditorium, Östra Strandgatan 30 C, Umeå (English)
Available from: 2013-11-18 Created: 2013-08-16 Last updated: 2015-09-14Bibliographically approved

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