Flucht europäisch erzählen. Being refugee: a European narrative

copyright: Muzej istočne Bosne, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. journey in the unknown: train ticket of a refugee child.


Flight and expulsion, despite being present in European societies for over centuries as both experience and narration, and despite being deeply rooted in family histories and present in local narrative communities, have so far found little if any place in official, cultural sites of memory as part of a shared European experience and common narrative.


The project “Flucht europäisch erzählen! Being refugee: a European narrative“ focuses on events from the 20th and 21st centuries with the aim of presenting refugees’ (hi)stories within Europe at the very place where history has traditionally been conveyed: at the museum. In doing so, the project will raise awareness that “being refugee” is a common European experience and one that should be made visible as a shared European narrative.

The project focuses on a wide range of target groups and pursues its aims through diverse activities such as exhibitions on refugees’ life stories at European city museums, new academic publications on the topic, working directly with schools to provide educational materials, and communicating via a website that functions as an online platform for sustainable networking between professionals, decision makers and experts around the world regarding the refugee narrative and other common European narratives.

By gathering partners from the European Union and EU candidate countries (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Slovenia and Serbia) and working together on what is likely to become a common European narrative in the future, the project’s methods and activities enable the creation of connections between diverse target groups across Europe around this new narrative, which is to be shared, researched and remembered.