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Underground Revolution

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They had tied my wrists together behind my back very tightly; the coarse rope almost cut my hands. Somebody was pulling my arms; his hand grabbed my neck just below the knot in the smelly…

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BORDER – a collective poem

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Written by the participants at a series of creative writing workshops which took place in the Trampoline House during Spring 2016. Collected by Liv Nimand Duvå I live on the border between the I and…

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visAvis #12: Recommendations

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John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath Novel, 1939 I would like to share what is in my opinion one of the most significant books on the migration theme: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. This is…

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Lucky day

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by Liv Nimand Duvå • 2016 I’m standing in a room with my partner at the Swedish Migration Agency. We’re here to hand in our application for a Swedish residence permit, which should then allow…

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Keeping warm in cold country

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When you exit the metro at Christianshavn in Copenhagen you see a number of statues known as the Greenland Monument. They were made from red granite by the Danish sculptor Svend Rathsack after he had…

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A burning taste of exile

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Recommendation: Warsan Shire: Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth. Poems. flipped eye publishing 2011 By Lise Olivarius The first words of Warsan Shire’s collection of poems read: “I have my mother’s mouth and my…

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No camps wanted or needed!

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Vasilika camp is situated outside of Thessaloniki, in the northern part of Greece. As a part of the European system for dehumanising refugees, the camp is strategically located in a remote and deserted landscape, far…

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Burning the strait

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Can migration and literature be mutually generating ways of escaping reality? Is the paperlessness of undocumented migrants a liberation from constricting identity, or does it rather result in painful identity crises? How is the boat…

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