Migrantfortællinger om ‘at høre til’ og ‘høre hjemme’

Translated title of the contribution: Migrant Stories about ‘Belonging’ and ‘Home Making’

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The article focuses on ‘belonging’ and ‘home making’ as a framework for creating everyday life and social relations in a new context, to which a migrant has moved either enforced or voluntarily. It raises questions of how attachment to a Danish city like Aalborg is created, and which inclusion and exclusion processes apply to eve-ryday life. Furthermore, it thematizes transnational identities and roots and routes, especially which significance roots, regarded as memories from the countries of ori-gin and other places, have, and how they are included in the creation of ties to new places, and to the creation of a home. The article is based on 30 life stories from migrants collected in the MultiAalborg project (2020-21). The life stories, across differences and not least conditions, unveil that settling in a new country and context is a complicated and demanding process. Simultaneously they indicate that migrants give importance to create ‘liveable lives’, where life is not only about surviving and finding security, but also meaningfulness for oneself, the close relationships, and the surroundings. The ability to connect past, present and future plays a significant role, because thus everyday life is framed both by memories from the country of origin and by dreams and visions for the future.
Translated title of the contributionMigrant Stories about ‘Belonging’ and ‘Home Making’
Original languageDanish
Article number5
JournalKulturstudier
Volume2023
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)98-123
Number of pages26
ISSN1904-5352
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2023

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