Moving in Limbo? Exploring a Decolonial Feminist Perspective on Immobility. Ethnographic case study in the Nea Kavala refugee camp.

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Tens of thousands of people are currently residing in refugee camps in Greece while waiting for their asylum interview. An overloaded asylum system results in prolonged stays in camps that are subject to overcrowded spaces and a lack of hygiene facilities, security and health services. This study is centered on the narrations of volunteers at the Solidarity Centre in the Women’s Space of the Nea Kavala refugee camp in Northern Greece, and addresses how their practices enable the reconstruction of new forms of mobility for female residents and volunteers. Emphasis is put on the ways, in which volunteers navigate their role and how they situate themselves in the complex relationship between the Greek authorities and the residents they form bonds with, while facing a state of limbo. Following a decolonial approach, this study aims to analyze the dynamics in the Women’s Space through a gender lens, and to critically observe the ways in which practices are carried out by the Solidarity Centre as a humanitarian aid organization in regard to the modernity/coloniality nexus. Finally, several dimensions of mobility that are created within the dynamics of residents and volunteers are defined considering the reclamations of time, the voice and space.
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