European Cities Planning for Asylum

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European Cities Planning for Asylum

  • Frank Eckardt Institute for European Urban Studies, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany

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Abstract:  Despite the high priority refugees are given in the public and political discussion, urban planning has not yet started to systematically consider the role of planning in asylum policy. Mostly, the subject of refugees’ arrival is addressed in local projects and housing without framing challenges and opportunities in the national and European context. A wider discussion on the used terminology of “integration” is missing just as much as a self-critical reflection on the orientation of planning discourses on the issue of housing only. In this editorial, our thematic issue “European Cities Planning for Asylum” is introduced and presented.

Keywords:  accommodation; asylum; cities; Europe; housing; refugees; segregation; urban planning

Published:   20 December 2018


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