When Home is Unattainable, What Replaces it? – Alia Malek

In 2015, Malek traveled from Greece to Germany with a group of Syrians fleeing their country’s disintegration. The refugees had met while marooned on the same raft in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Each of them came from a different part of Syria and from different socio-economic classes. Their sites were set on making it to Sweden and the Netherlands. Some of them would be forced to ask for asylum in Germany. Since then, Malek has been reporting on their lives and displacement across these three countries as part of a 10 year reporting project. Drawing on this work, she considers what replaces the very idea of home when home itself becomes unattainable and its permanence illusory.

This talk was part of the fifth edition of The Question of Syria Conference: The Struggle for Home.