NOTHING OF CYBERSPACE - this virtual reality in which we now
are taking part ...
Vacuum to Norway
These Asylum Seekers Lives in
a No Man's Land
Kiflu has been living in Norway for ten years, but formally
he does not exist. He is not allowed to go to school nor to
have a paid job. Neither can he get married.
In Norway there are about sixty asylum seekers in the same
situation. They are not returnable. They are living in a Norwegian
vacuum. Their application was finally turned down more than
three years ago. Now they are left waiting, unable to leave
and unable to start a new life.
The policy of the Norwegian government is that these "non-persons"
should return immediately. But this is not possible. The problem
is often that their country of origin is not willing to accept
anyone who is forced to go back. Neither will they accept
anyone who's identity is uncertain.
Neighboring countries like Sweden and Denmark has found more
human solutions. In Denmark the maximum waiting period is
set to 18 months provided that the asylum seeker is cooperating
to document his or her identity. In Sweden it is four years.
In Norway there are no such time limit.
more background see this feature on being stateless.
Stateless Refugees (nothing.no) | ~ | SOS
Rasisme: Ureturnerbare asylsøkere (Norwegian) | ~ | Aftenposten
(Norwegian Newspaper): Alem ER ikke | ~ | Antirasisten,
3/01 (560 kB .pdf, Norwegian) | ~ | Antirasisten,
3/02 (837 kB .pdf, Norwegian) | ~ | The
1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons
former featured nothings
ACTIVE NOTHING OF TERROR AND RESPONS - the World Trade Center
- Afghanistan and on ...
AT ROOSEUM, Malmö's Center for Contemporary Art, 3 November
- 16 December, 2001. works by 35 artists exploring notions
of invisibility, imagination and dematerialisation ...
EVERY TENT; THE OTHER!
- consisting of two Irish green, empty tents, one raised outside
Atelier 35 in Bucharest, and one inside the gallery space
HYPER-METAPHOR; UK, RAISING TENTS
- containing, among other things, a motorway, ten tents, a
text discussion and an internet diary ...
suggestions is gratefully accepted!