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HAS ‘HEIMAT’ BEEN MADE?: Centralized refugee accommodations in Germany

Vazhoth Palliyil, Vijay Gopal (2022):
HAS ‘HEIMAT’ BEEN MADE?: Centralized refugee accommodations in Germany. (Publisher's Version)
Darmstadt, Technische Universität, DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00020094,
[Master Thesis]

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Item Type: Master Thesis
Status: Publisher's Version
Title: HAS ‘HEIMAT’ BEEN MADE?: Centralized refugee accommodations in Germany
Language: English
Abstract:

According to UNHCR, Germany hosts more than a million refugees. Asylum seekers in Germany, live in the collective accommodation facilities called Gemeinschaftsunterkünften run by the respective municipalities while waiting for their application to be processed. Moreover, many refugees who have acquired official status continue to live in these facilities because of difficulties in finding decentralized accommodation in urban areas. This thesis focuses on the effects of living in the Gemeinschaftsunterkünft on the well-being of the inhabitants through a case study by using ethnographic methods and mapping. Interviews were conducted with 10 inhabitants and also with the official social worker of the Gemeinschaftsunterkünft at Hofheim in Germany. The main findings show that the inhabitants lack privacy and space; which is the consequence of the absence of binding standards regarding the size of GUs; where many refugees continue to live for prolonged periods because finding suitable, affordable and decentralised housing is challenging. Moreover, living at the GU for a prolonged period prevents social integration. The lesson from the thesis is that enforced standards in terms of size and occupancy are required for GUs. Furthermore, affordable housing stock generation is needed to enable the residents to move out of GUs and integrate better.

Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Collation: 61 Seiten
Classification DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 320 Politik
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 350 Öffentliche Verwaltung
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 360 Soziale Probleme, Sozialarbeit
700 Künste und Unterhaltung > 720 Architektur
Divisions: 15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe E: Stadtplanung > Mundus Urbano
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 14:19
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 14:19
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00020094
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-200941
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/20094
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