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Planning for sustainable housing for migrants with refugee backgrounds in times of changing migration policies


Housing plays a central role in the process of integrating refugees. A home offers stability, a place of resources in the city, which may serve as a platform for participating in society. Although the provision of adequate housing is vital for a transformation into sustainable and resilient communities in cities characterised by hope, such housing conditions have become less accessible in Sweden.

Refugees face a particularly difficult situation concerning housing as they are housed in less attractive residential areas, often in overcrowded and poorly maintained apartments. This situation has been further complicated by the restrictive turn in Swedish migration policy from 2016 and onwards. In sum, this policy turn consists of the introduction of temporary residence status, restrictions in family reunification, a refugee dispersal policy, and limitations in terms of choosing in which neighbourhood to reside.

Our interdisciplinary project aims to understand the impact of the restrictive policy turn on the contemporary housing situation for refugees. We do so by focusing on how the policy change influences actors that use, plan, develop, and organise housing for refugees.


Citizenship, Migration, Social exclusion/inclusion, Housing, Societal planning


Homepage: https://liu.se/artikel/hallbar-bostad-i-tider-av-foranderlig-migrationspolitik

2021 - 2025



REMESO Project Leader

Branka Likic-Brboric, Associate Professor (biträdande professor)

Scientifically Responsible

Kristoffer Jutvik, PhD Lecturer

Participants not from REMESO

  • Professor Irene Molina, Uppsala University, Sweden. Researcher Emma Holmqvist, Uppsala University, S

Contact for project


Last updated: 2022-01-11

Page responsible: erik.berggren@liu.se
Last updated: 2020-05-27