Beyond Cities of Refuge: Final Conference
Over the past years, academics and policymakers have increasingly pointed towards the key role of local authorities in the reception and integration of forced migrants. Such attention runs the danger of glossing over the complex and highly contextualized character of the processes by which forced migrants arrive – and find and are granted a place in a given local context.
At the end of a five-year research project on ‘Cities of Refuge’, the researchers involved host an in-depth discussion with prominent scholars and policymakers, seeking to move beyond generalizations and easy conclusions, explicitly focusing on the complexities at hand but also on the best practices.
During this two-day event, on the 30th and 31st of May, panels of selected academics and policymakers will discuss some of the key themes and findings that emerged from research into local reception policies in Europe. The conference will take place in Middelburg, the human rights city in the South West of the Netherlands where the Cities of Refuge team was based.