‘London, London’ – Caetano Veloso and the experience of exile

I use this song in my teaching on refugees and forced migration. I think it captures the sense of in-betweenness and saudade (a nostalgia for what is no longer there) that is so common among those who leave their country of origin. It is central of a refugee-centric and migrant-centric approach to try to convey the complexity and uniqueness of migrants’ individual experience as well as the similarities of these experiences; songs like this one are one of the ways to do it.

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