We know that there are numerous that we call ‘displaced persons’ who are applying for the right to asylum without being citizens, without being identified as citizens. It is not for speculative or ethical reasons that I am interested in unconditional hospitality, but in order to understand and to transform what is going on in our world.
This passage from Derrida’s ‘Hospitality, Justice and Responsibility’ reaffirms the importance of ‘hosting’ the Other, without necessarily demanding anything in return, and on how absolute, unconditional hospitality (such as an abolition of borders, visas and immigration laws) fails in its intrinsic impossibility.
Questions of where home is, and who is given the chance of obtaining a new home, are raised here.
For the full text, see Derrida, Jacques, ‘Hospitality, Justice and Responsibility: A Dialogue with Jacques Derrida’, in R. Kearney and M. Dooley, Questioning Ethics: Contemporary Debates in Philosophy. London and New York: Routledge, 1998 (65-83).