I am deeply grateful to the Berrow Scholarship Foundation – a foundation that provides scholarships for Swiss graduates at Lincoln – for allowing me to do my research and thus put forward such important issues
I have been conducting ethnographic research in Burkina Faso since 2013. As part of my studies, toward a DPhil in International Development, I spent the 2014-2015 academic year in Burkina Faso working with Malian refugees living in an urban context (Bobo-Dioulasso). I was broadly looking at issues of representations, inequalities, and everyday practices; but hope that my work will contribute to discussions about refugees’ wellbeing and dignity in the long run.
It is important to remember, in an era characterised by some as a 'refugee crisis' in Europe, that most of the world's refugee population is actually hosted in African and Middle Eastern countries. I strongly believe that we in Europe must share the responsibility in welcoming and hosting forced migrants - our nations have all played a role in why so many people around the world are forced to move - and appreciate these peoples' strength and perseverance.
I am deeply grateful to the Berrow Scholarship Foundation – a foundation that provides scholarships for Swiss graduates at Lincoln – for allowing me to do my research and thus put forward such important issues. Coming back to Oxford in September and to the Lincoln community, I realised once again how thankful we must be for everything we have here at Lincoln: a lovely community, great infrastructures, stimulating individuals and overall support.