Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century

Lidia Zessin-Jurek: “Held Hostage to One’s Values. On the responsibility to refugees at the Belarusian-Polish border”

We tend to push them aside on a daily basis, but the faraway conflicts, consequences of climate change and hunger, have long been reaching Europe’s borders, including, for some time, those of Eastern Europe. They take the form of refugees on our doorstep. What happens to these people once they have made it to the “safe” side? Whose responsibility are they? – asks our Poland-expert, Lidia Zessin-Jurek in an essay inspired by her field trip to the Polish-Belarusian border.

The text was reprinted in the ‘Public Seminar’ of the New School of Social Research (for full access click here), and has previously appeared in English in the ‘Democracy Seminar’; as well as in Polish and Italian.