Conference "Housing and integrating refugees: Innovative best practices from around the Globe"

Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany, 12 – 13th April 2018

Registration and programme: Febuary 2018

What is called a “refugee crisis” from a European perspective is a well-known phenomenon in the Global South. Far from Europe, experiences on housing and integrating refugees and displaced persons have been collected for decades.

Though the situation in each country is specific and policies towards refugees and migrants show an enormous variety, some of the challenges that hosting communities face are similar, irrespective of where on the globe there are. Unfortunately, knowledge and research about refugee and migrant policies and practices in the Global South is still overshadowed by attention to the Global North. This is despite the fact that the future planning and implementation of refugee policies in the West could benefit from the ample, often innovative experiences and learning processes made elsewhere. In fact, fewer governmental rules and regulations as well as a lack of resources can be a breeding ground for innovation and creativity.

The focus of this conference is on research results regarding innovative best practices from around the globe for the housing and integration of refugees and displaced persons.