Read, Debate: Engage.


In 2009 about 3.5 percent of the world's population (about 220 million people) lived far away from their homes - legally or illegally. Their reasons are as varied as the political or economic situation, they leave from. Many of them do not go voluntarily.

In this dossier, fairplanet investigates our notions of escape as something inexorable from society, as well as normal human behaviour. We look at escape from different angles: escape from war, from economic and political crises, from climate change and from culture itself. We consider if escape challenges our notions of nationhood, rights and even humanity, by challenging our political will and the power of definitions.