the Immigrant Plight for Identity, and the Meaning of “Refugee”

“and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.””


“We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it,”

“The less we are free to decide who we are or to live as we like, the more we try to pump up a front, to hide the facts, to play roles.


A man* who wants to lose his self discovers, indeed, the possibilities of human existence, which are infinite, as infinite as its creation. But the recovering of a new personality is as difficult — and as hopeless — as a new creation of the world.”

“I speak of unpopular facts,””

“In the first place, we don’t like to be called “refugees.” We ourselves call each other “newcomers” or “immigrants.””

“A refugee used to be a person driven to seek refuge because of some act committed or some political opinion held. Well, it is true we have had to seek refuge; but we committed no acts and most of us never dreamt of having any radical political opinion. With us the meaning of the term “refugee” has changed”


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