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How a home in limbo affects people

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Calling more than one country home

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When moving to a new country, memories are often integrated to construct imaginatively the existence in these new spaces. “Homeland” in this way remains to have a strong effect on the way people are giving sense to the new environment. By making use of the original homeland to construct new places, hybridized identities occur, where people could feel attached to multiple places and could call more than one country ‘home’.

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Identity and place

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For most people, their identity is at least somewhat linked to a place. When you think of this place, you have certain feelings towards it, and certain memories come to mind. This sense of identity can change, for example when you think of a place where you once where, or if you imagine where you might want to be someday. This means that your place of birth does not always decide what your identity is.

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The need for a place

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Humans need a place. Our survival instincts tell us that we at least need a place ‘good enough to survive in’. This need is closely tied to striving for a sense of belonging, the need for familiarity, attachment and identity. When you are displaced, these emotional connections are damaged.

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Hybrid identity

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People are often thought of, and think of themselves, as being rooted in place and as deriving their identity from that rootedness. A practical implication of this way of thinking, is that people who are disrupt from their place, don’t fit into the identity-constructing categories of nations. Then school atlas, then, could represent people that are mapped as out of place. Holding on to this way of linking people and place does not give a complete notion of identity. It fails to take in account the increasing number of people who are linked to more place than one, and have a hybrid identity .