​Enabling settling down and belonging for forced migrants: policy recommendations

Fresh off the press: HOUSE-IN policy information #2

Settling down and starting a belonging process is the key process in the transition from being migrant to a citizen of a place. The housing, as the physical home for forced migrants, plays an important role in this process. With the housing, the neighbourhood, new connections new life styles are adopted. With our research in HOUSE-IN we conclude the main challenges in our cities for forced migrants in settling down and becoming a member. In this policy information you can find the main challenges and good responses to them.

How can belonging be achieved for forced migrants?

To respond to this question, in HOUSE-IN used existing inter-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and trans-regional knowledge for identifying gaps at the housing-integration intersection. Settling down and creating a sense of belonging is a long process: Housing and the context of housing in this process is a crucial element for the integration for forced migrants. 

Th e HOUSE-IN project focused on four case studies in the cities Vienna (Austria), Leipzig (Germany), Riga (Latvia) and Helsingborg/Lund (Sweden). In addition  Urban-Living-Labs (ULL) were set up in Leipzig and Riga.


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HOUSE-IN is a 18 month research programme, which started in June 2021 and was funded by JPI Urban Europe.

The project partners are Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, University of Latvia, Lund University, Malmö University, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Eutropian GmbH.

For more information on the project, don’t be shy, reach out to project leader Bahanur Nasya.

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