Exhibition "Displaced" – In the footsteps of refugees

Saturday, 29.10.2016 – Sunday, 05.03.2017

Public event; Cultural event

Exhibition "Displaced" © Swiss National Museum
Exhibition "Displaced" ©

Every day we see images of people who fled their homeland, only to tragically lose their lives. But what does it mean to be forced to abandon your home, work, family and country? The exhibition "Displaced" allows visitors to put themselves in the shoes of refugees and to get some idea of what it is like to be forced to flee one's home.

Location: Swiss National Museum, Zurich

There are currently over 65 million refugees worldwide – the largest number of displaced people since the Second World War. The exhibition “Displaced” sheds light on the issue from different perspectives and presents typical biographies that allow visitors to experience the difficult and arduous journeys of refugees and refugee families. Visitors experience, for example, what it is like to risk a long and dangerous journey and arrive at a place where no one is waiting for you, where you don't speak the language and where you feel you don't belong – alone, a stranger in a strange land.

Visitors experience the different stages of the refugees' flight. They sit in a refugee boat and witness a gruelling and dangerous journey through the lens of film director Mano Khalil, himself a former refugee. They learn who obtains refugee protection in Switzerland and in other countries – and also who doesn't. They also learn about the international aid on which over 90% of all refugees worldwide are dependent and find out how the asylum process works in Switzerland.

The exhibition is a joint project by the Federal Commission on Migration (FCM), the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Besides the lives of refugees, the exhibition also explores issues such as refugee flows caused by climate change and questions of cultural diversity, identity and the opportunities presented by integration.