The paper clip: a story we want to share. A symbol we want to adopt.
As a company helping free people move to their best place, we are concerned about current developments around the world—the walls going up mentally and physically, the rising voices of segregative nationalism, and the hostility faced by refugees, immigrants and minorities. The world has seen all this before.
In autumn of 1940, students of Oslo University started wearing paper clips on their lapels as symbol of resistance and unity against the Nazi occupation of Norway. The symbol spread across the country, and those wearing it faced the risk of severe punishment.
Since then, the paper clip has been used as part of a Holocaust memorial project, a symbol against racism and a sign of solidarity with immigrants and minorities.
A simple 📎 .
We want to share this signal to anyone feeling uncomfortable or threatened in the current atmosphere and voice our support for the aspirations of every individual regardless of what they look like, where they come from or who they love.
The paper clip is also a signal of a social safe space—if you see someone wearing it, you know they’re someone to turn to if needed.
We understand that paper clips alone don’t solve anything. It’s a reminder—a way to encourage everyone to take a stand for a global community that is open to all—unity rather than division.
We have adopted the paper clip into our Teleport pages, and you can do the same in your own way. Use the paper clip emoji on your social media profiles, posts, website, put a sticker on your laptop, or simply a pin on your coat. Join us in wearing a symbol of fairness, equal treatment and acceptance.
Let people know where you stand.