Nitra is a small city of around 78,000 in western Slovakia, nestled at the foot of a castle-crowned hill. A walk down the main drag, Štefánikova Street, paints a picture seen across provincial former Habsburgia: there’s brand new infrastructure, shiny new buses but no jobs. Since December 2015 a small group of Christian refugees from Iraq have called this small town their home away from home.
Maxim Edwards is a commissioning editor at openDemocracy Russia (oDR). He writes for various publications on issues ranging from minorities, memory, migration and nationalism, with a focus on post-Soviet countries.