This panel invites proposals for papers from different geographic and political contexts that critically challenge the way asylum seekers and refugees are accommodated, short-, mid- and long-term.
This panel invites proposals for papers from different geographic and political contexts that critically challenge the way asylum seekers and refugees are accommodated, short-, mid- and long-term. By comparing aspects of location, design and service of various accommodation sites both in transit or destination countries we hope to shed light on questions regarding the responsibilities of the respective hosting states and non-state service providers such as private facility operators, charity organisations, the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) or even the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Learning from and about diverse accommodation arrangements and their respective capacities for addressing asylum seekers' needs and aspirations is expected to provide insights relevant for Critical Migration Studies within Social Sciences. The panel is particularly concerned with a problematisation of temporality of asylum seeker and refugee accommodation. Further questions of interest include: 1) What conditions do state and non-state providers for asylum seeker and refugee accommodation consider adequate for housing for asylum seekers and how did their guidelines evolve? 2) What role does accommodation play in the process of applying for asylum? 3) What measures of integration are built into accommodating asylum seekers and refugees and in which way are they decisive for conditioning and channelling their trajectories? 4) How do asylum seekers and refugees themselves view advantages and disadvantages of decentralized versus centralized forms of accommodation?