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More than just reminding us that migrant voices matter, this book discusses the operationalization and integration of migrant narratives in the overall discourse and proposes a critical reflection on the knowledge production about migration. Hamza Safouane draws on personal testimonies from refugees and asylum seekers who came to Germany during the 2015 'long summer of migration' to examine migratory journeys from an immanent perspective. What analytical, ethical and methodological frameworks can be used to receive the stories of forced migrants and integrate them into a production of knowledge that is too often deaf to their voices?

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Frontmatter

Kapitel 1. Introduction

Zusammenfassung
In 2014, a Syrian woman decided to rescue herself and her two children, an infant and a toddler, from the violence of the civil war. Once she arrived in Turkey, she boarded a smuggler’s worn-out boat at the port city of Mersin in order to apply for asylum in Italy. Early into the crossing, the woman’s infant fell ill and died shortly thereafter.
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Kapitel 2. A Critical Overview of Contemporary Discourses on Migration

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Migrants’ lived experiences are shaped by the interplay of several variables such as age, gender, ethnicity, religion, social status, education, demography, economic development, the environment, history and the (geo)political context. Considering the interactions of these factors is essential to understanding migrants’ subjective outlook as they navigate the various contexts that form their journeys. Yet, in the spheres of media, policy and even academia, discourses on migration are often framed in dichotomic structures that hinder apprehending complexity.
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Kapitel 3. Between Hospitality and Inhospitality: The Politics of Migrant Protection in Germany

Zusammenfassung
How can the reception of migrants’ voices into public discourse become established as a norm? How could migrant narratives legitimately contribute to the production of knowledge and meaning in reception countries? Rather than arguing for the necessity to integrate migrant narratives in the public discourse on migration, this chapter takes an ethical-philosophical approach to discuss the process of normalizing their voices and perspectives in the overall deliberation process within the reception society. At stake here is the emergence of an intersubjective relationship between members of the host society and the incoming foreign, with a particular consideration to the latter’s singularity (Fiske, 2016). Indeed, migrants are often confined in discourse to the role of silent and nameless subjects, which impedes the possibility to access the discursive field and fill it with a thus far absent, albeit crucial, narrative on the migratory journey.
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Kapitel 4. The Method of Constructing Narratives: From Disenfranchised Subjects to Narrators

Zusammenfassung
In the previous chapter, I proposed a conceptualization of hospitality, not merely as the moral foundation for countries to grant protection to asylum seekers and refugees, but fundamentally as a normative political condition that enables migrants to produce discourse alongside the native members of the receiving society. In the second epigraph for this chapter, we can almost hear Arendt’s resounding tone as she defies meaning that was fixed before her and re-appropriates her singularity. In so doing, she proposes the alternative subjectivity - the ‘newcomer’ or ‘immigrant’ - of a new force into society to be reckoned with.
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Kapitel 5. From “Raw Material” to “Data”: What Lessons Can be Drawn from the Research Process?

Zusammenfassung
In this injunction, Olivier Cadiot exhorted artists not to cover the voices of migrants with their own rendering of their predicament. He denounces the appropriation, ‘on their behalf’ of real stories. Instead he proposed that artists follow an alternative aesthetic, one that paradoxically hinges on an ethos of silence, ‘cease art.’
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Kapitel 6. Migrants’ Journey Narratives: Empirical Findings and Discussion

Zusammenfassung
One of the key elements that make a particular film or a written work of fiction appealing to the public resides in the capacity of the author to transform a series of events into a plot and then into a narrative. If the series of events is composed of unedited footage (or rushes as they are called in cinema jargon), the plot is their organization and assembly into a single and coherent structure. However, the plot is not yet a narrative.
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Kapitel 7. General Conclusion

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The arrival of asylum seekers and refugees renders the already ambivalent position of European receiving countries increasingly untenable. On the one hand, these countries exert themselves to assert their sovereignty and territoriality. On the other hand, they attempt to comply with the asylum right, albeit with increasing reluctance.
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