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What does home mean to you?

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Home - a much used term. Also often used in election campaigns to trigger certain images and create a "we-feeling". Most of them don't even have to think long about where their home is. It is simply the country in which they grew up, of which they are citizens, in which their parents and before that their grandparents lived. Everything is very clear.

But what if the question of your home country is not that easy to answer. If you, one or both parents were born abroad, if you have another citizenship, although you have lived in this country since birth, or if you are simply not recognized as a citizen because of your appearance, although you are baptized with Wachauer Donauwasser has been? In these cases, such a question can quickly become a dreaded conversation starter and lead to cumbersome explanations: "Yes, I was born in XY, my father is Austrian, my mother is from XY, I've lived here for 27 years." In the end, in the first few minutes of getting to know each other, you have told your entire life story to a casual party acquaintance.

Where am I from, where do I belong?

Often enough, it is only impulses from outside that lead you to take a closer look at your identity and your sense of home. If you are not "real" enough in your "new" homeland, neither are you in your "old" homeland. Family celebrations, at which the relatives - even if not with bad intent - make fun of the strange accentuation of the mother tongue or emphasize the different behavior, are practically part of the "home leave".

The Duden defines home as "a country, part of a country or place in which one was [born and] grew up or feels at home through permanent residence (often as an emotional expression of close ties to a certain area)." Choosing one of the two options emotionally affects around 20 percent of the total population with a migration background in Austria. Of these, 1.25 million were born abroad themselves and 460,000 descendants of parents whose place of birth was foreign.

Home - where is it?

What is home to you? How close do you feel to your "old homeland"? How do you deal with your own conflicting feelings about where you come from? Can you have more than one home? In which situations do you feel more connected to which homeland? What experiences from a life with more than one home can you report on? (aan, May 25, 2016)