Opening borders, for Diaspora is Home

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This essay calls for the opening up borders as one of the appropriate responses to climate change. I draw on the courage of our voyaging ancestors to find home in foreign lands, on the ongoing migration of peoples from Oceania and beyond, and on the shifting appreciation for diaspora. With home signifying belonging, diaspora can still be home for many. In this connection, securing borders does not protect homes but prevent those from becoming homely. Border securing prevents places and thoughts from becoming homes, whereas opening borders makes those home. Opening borders is more than signifying, it is also about homing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate change
Subtitle of host publicationcultural change: religious responses and responsibilites
EditorsAnne Elvey, David Gormley O' O'Brien
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherMosaic Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781625645081
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Cite this

Havea, J. (2013). Opening borders, for Diaspora is Home. In A. Elvey, & D. G. O. O'Brien (Eds.), Climate change: cultural change: religious responses and responsibilites (pp. 65-77). Mosaic Press.