The Transparent Subject: Of Selfhood and Space in the New Age of Migration —
In the asylum, refugees renounce their claim to privacy; nothing should be hidden, all should be transparent. Some might see this exile as a start of a new life, a chance to forget, be forgotten, and, in turn, integrate and be assimilated. This is, however, rarely permitted, as refugees will stand for scrutiny and suspicious investigation long after they have been inserted in society.
New tensions between the public and the private arise, which are regulated by spatial structures such as intake centres, camps, and asylums – liminal areas, producing and reproducing a constant in-betweenness, a neither here, nor there, with temporal ramifications. The asylum is a temporary reality, a space of confinement, of control and observation, intended to turn the unknown into known, manage the foreign, tame the strange.