Home in Limbo

Home in Limbo is a research project of the Honours Research Seminar of the Humanities Honours Programme of Utrecht University

When rejected asylum seekers are denied documents from the Dutch government, they are instructed to return to their country of origin as soon as possible. However, this is problematic. The documents, which were insufficient to receive a residence permit, are also insufficient for returning home. They fall through the cracks of the system. No country wants to take them in, and they have nowhere to go.

Life for them is largely outside the view of society. They are not actively prosecuted by the government, but nevertheless are in constant danger of being caught for being undocumented. Even with these dire circumstances, some of them still manage to create a place for themselves. A place is a part of space where somebody feels at home. This place does not have to be physical. Objects and memories can also be a part of it.

Through this project, the We Are Here Media Team gives a unique insight into the daily life, wishes and needs of this group. How would you create a home in limbo? What would your life look like without a house, without a card for public transport, without a paid vacation period, and without health insurance? How would you make use of the space you do have in this situation? And what would it do to you personally if you did not have this space?

‘Home in Limbo’ was realized in close cooperation with the We Are Here Media Team. The Media Team produced the pictures and the stories. Therefore, the exclusive rights on the pictures belong to them.