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World Refugee Day on June 20, 2019

20.06.2019

Since 2001, June 20 has been celebrated as World Refugee Day.

Even though it has been some years now that a day goes by in Germany without media coverage on the topics of refugees, migration and persecution, June 20 is intended to put special emphasis on international solidarity and humanitarianism: According to data compiled by the United Nations, there are currently roughly 70 million refugees worldwide – more than half of them are children. Every two seconds, a person is forced to flee somewhere in the world.

Reportages, essays and reports tell the story of the people behind the numbers and the headlines and make it possible to form a differentiated picture on the abiding theme in our societies:

The Outsiders (Philipp Ther),

Across the Sea (Wolfgang Bauer),

Global Mobility (Andreas Cassee), to name but a few.

 

But there are literary texts, too, that deal with the search for freedom, political obstacles and the question of societal responsibility in their own, very different ways:

Protected Area (Nora Bossong),

Kruso (Lutz Seiler),

Obituary for the Living (Christa Wolf),

August (Christa Wolf),

Lost (Hans-Ulrich Treichel),

Daybreak (Hans-Ulrich Treichel), to name but a few.

 

On this year’s World Refugee Day, we have also compiled recommendations on the topic in the following categories (not all titles represented through Suhrkamp Verlag!):

The Ethics of Migration  

Protection and Freedom 

The Fear of the Other

August
Christa Wolf
August
The Outsiders
Philipp Ther
The Outsiders
Global Mobility
Andreas Cassee
Global Mobility
Kruso
Lutz Seiler
Kruso
Across the Sea
Wolfgang Bauer
Across the Sea
Protected Area
Nora Bossong
Protected Area
Daybreak
Hans-Ulrich Treichel
Daybreak
Lost
Hans-Ulrich Treichel
Lost