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The refugee crisis in 2015 brought a tipping point for Europe regarding asylum seekers and refugees from countries like Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Finland received over 32,000 asylum seekers. Amongst them hundreds were artists, such as actors, musicians, poets, dancers, and circus artists. This convergence of asylum seekers and refugees resulted in heated media debates and polarized discussions about ’refugee flows’ and ’leaking borders.’ Many artists and researchers took part in the public discussion by taking a firm stand against harsh asylum policies. One example of this was a documentary theatre project Other Home (in Finnish: Toinen koti), and the process in which a hybrid community of artistic expression was formed. In the video below, researcher Jussi Lehtonen tells more about the project.
Other Home (subtitled in English)