Ian Rolls – Passport Post

The make your own passport workshop experience made me realize how important it was to have a place of belonging and how many people didn’t have a place that they officially belong to. It was quite odd to make a passport that represented a different nation that I belonged to, and although I created the passport it didn’t feel like it was mine. It never occurred to me how important the passport is as a physical representation of belonging. What was mindboggling was that there are an estimated ten million people who are stateless, who don’t have an official place they can call home. We discussed how alienating it must be to feel like you don’t belong anywhere. Overall an interesting event and good forum for discussion about citizenship and statelessness.

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