IDS Policy Briefing 198

Newcomer Wellbeing and Placemaking in Southeast England

Published on 24 June 2022

How do refugees and asylum seekers experience wellbeing and placemaking in urban contexts?

The Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City (DWELL) project explored this question through interviews with people working for non-governmental and community organisations in southeast England. It found that the current asylum system negatively impacts wellbeing and placemaking for asylum seekers, and that access to urban spaces is key to building community connections. Non-governmental organisations and faith groups play an important role in sustaining a sense of wellbeing and place for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Soye, E. and Watters, C. (2022) 'Newcomer Wellbeing and Placemaking in Southeast England', IDS Policy Briefing 198, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2022.042

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Emma Soye

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