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Migration: Strangers in (Foreign) Lands ©Goethe-Institut/Perspectives; GI/Leila Saadna; private

Migration: Strangers in (Foreign) Lands

Albeit an integral part of human history, the issue of migration was brought to renewed public attention by the so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015, particularly in Europe. Is migration good or bad, how can and should it be dealt with? Those and other questions were subject to sometimes heated discussions between politicians, economists, media representatives, “experts,” as well as ordinary people and neighbours. However, important voices more often than not failed to be heard: those of migrants and persons with migrant background themselves.

In their articles, authors from six countries reveal, in part very personal, insights into the complex realities of their daily lives. The second edition of “Perspectives” also contains two exclusive photo stories from Algiers (Algeria) and Berlin (Germany), each featuring six portraits of migrants and persons with migrant background who speak about their thoughts, experiences in society, and understanding of their own identity or identities.


Migration: Strangers in (Foreign) Lands, Algeria ©Goethe-Institut/Leïla Saadna

Migration stories: Between hope and despair

The photographer and artist Leïla Saadna met six humans from different backgrounds in Algiers, Algeria. She spoke to them about their individual experiences as migrants in Algeria and Europe.