In this paper we address the potential for civil society organizations (CSOs) from the MENA-region to positively contribute to discussions in Europe about the most recently arrived Arab diaspora, or shataat. We explore if, and how, lessons learned from this region with regard to hospitality and refugee hosting can be of use for governmental and institutional bodies and for civil society elsewhere. We particularly question how we can respond to problems related to the integration of recently arrived Arab migrants, taking the MENA region – which consists of sending and transitioning countries – as the point of departure. As such, it is our hope to contribute to dialogue that fosters the building of bridges towards inclusion within European countries, and that further counters exclusionary, racist and xenophobic tendencies.
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