Introducing Care Ethics into Humanitarianism; Comment on “A Crisis of Humanitarianism: Refugees at the Gates of Europe”

Document Type : Commentary


Open Lab, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Since 2015, the so-called refugee crisis has transformed ‘humanitarianism’ into a word devoid of meaning or value for European politics. By now, we all know there are numerous migrant populations in Europe living under inhuman conditions and denied their inalienable human rights; still, it seems futile to argue that equal value should be attached to all lives. Introducing care ethics into relief work calls to reflect upon humanitarianism differently, as a relationship between local communities, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) workers and refugees that is embedded in space and time and might be allowed to have a future.


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Volume 10, Issue 1
January 2021
Pages 29-31
  • Receive Date: 15 October 2019
  • Revise Date: 26 January 2020
  • Accept Date: 26 January 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 January 2021