It is traditionally accepted that, apart from returning to one’s country of origin or integrating into one’s host country, resettlement is one of the three durable solutions "offered" to the more than 10 million people registered as refugees in the world. So, what is this solution, presented as one of the three options available for people in situations of forced exile, and is it really a solution ?

Welcoming the foreigner: is this a duty, a constraint, a charitable gesture or a superhuman effort? In light of some of the feedback we received after the launch of our website, it is worth asking the question.

Twenty years ago, the term "foreigner", used by the media and politicians, meant someone who was not "from here". Faced with a "foreigner", I was actually able to define myself.

This "otherness" allowed me in turn to formulate my own identity (my origin, my gender, my skin colour, etc.) when faced with someone else, somebody who was different and whose origin was elsewhere. It seems to me that otherness, whether I like it or not, is challenged by the presence of a "foreigner" in my (social, economic, spatial) vicinity. This person, who is "foreign to me", makes me wonder about myself; in turn, I am just as foreign to him or her. Foreign to each other, if we are not afraid of each other, we are invited to meet, endowed with the same dignity.

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