Refugee Youth in Public Space


Local workshop at BOOST Amsterdam

The 24th of June, the Dutch team and BOOST Amsterdam organized a local workshop at BOOST Amsterdam to present the findings of the first part of the Dutch case study. After a delicious buffet, Mieke Kox shared the results of 210 hours of participatory fieldwork at BOOST, 18 interviews with youngsters and informal conversations with…

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Panel session NIAS-conference on belonging

9 to 11 June, NIAS organized the conference ‘Studies of Beloninging. Mapping Belonging as a field of study and establishing future networks’. We organized a panel session on ‘Refugee Youth and Place Attachch ment in Public Space’ in which we presented some of the findings of the four countries represented in our research project.

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Mobilities, migrants and minorities in dialogue

HERA funds several interesting and innovative research projects. The 8th of June, participants of three of these research projects (‘Everyday Experiences of Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Public Spaces’,  ”Moving Marketplaces’ and ‘Cemetries and Crematoria’) had a dialogue. They discussed what the mobilities framework brings to the understanding of public space and migrant and…

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Lockdowns and the hidden crisis of asylum-seeking and refugee women (Newcastle)

Experiences of lockdown for asylum-seeking and refugee women is exacerbating their already challenging circumstances and further damaging their wellbeing and mental health. The gendered responsibilities of parenting and caregiving compounded with a punitive asylum system and the impacts of lockdown have resulted in a distinct crisis, often concealed from mainstream news coverage. That is what…

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Photovoice - Thuis in de Molenwijk

Photovoice workshops in De Molenwijk (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

‘Feeling at home in De Molenwijk’ This is the title of the photovoice project that Karine Versluis (Picture Bridge Foundation), Framer Framed and Mieke Kox and Ilse van Liempt (Utrecht University) will organize for refugees and asylum seekers in the Molenwijk. Participants will be asked to take pictures of private and/or public places in the…

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Cities of Reguge podcast

Ilse van Liempt has been interviewed for the Cities of Refuge podcast on the meaning of public space for refugee integratio‪n. She discusses some of the findings of our research project. She addresses aspects such as the difference between formal and informal spaces of encounters, the everyday expressions of integration, the ways refugees claim public space,…

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Inspiring stakeholder meeting

5 March 2021, we had a meeting with all stakeholders and researchers. The researchers discussed their preliminary findings and the stakeholders shared inspiring examples of art-related projects for young refugees and asylum-seekers.  We exchanged all kind of needs in terms of the project and ideas for our planned knowledge sharing activities. This brought about all…

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Second report to HERA submitted!

At the end of February, we submitted our second report to HERA providing an update on our progress against the project objectives. Although in-person fieldwork has not been possible during the lockdowns imposed as a result of the pandemic, we have managed to collect a substantial amount of qualitative data with refugee youth and organisations…

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Leipziger Zustaende

Lockdown Leipzig: young refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences

A short analysis that considers how young refugees and asylum seekers have experienced the first lockdown related to Covid-19, written by Elisabeth Kirndörfer, has been published in two magazines: “Querfeld”, the annual publication of the Saxon Refugee Council and “Leipziger Zustände”, a magazine that forms part of a project for the comprehensive documentation of right-wing,…

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New blog on storymapping-workshops in Leipzig

Check out this new blog written by Elisabeth Kirndörfer. She discusses her experiences with three storymapping-workshops that took place in September 2020 in Leipzig (Germany). The aim of these workshops was to re-map the city from a perspective that is mostly underrepresented within urban narratives: the perspective of young refugees and asylum seekers. Inspired by…

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