REFUGOV is a three-year research project (2018-2021) funded by the National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR) and based at the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg.
Over the last few years, Luxembourg has responded to the arrival of asylum seekers by setting up temporary reception facilities dispersed over the territory of numerous municipalities.
More generally, across the world, refugees are accommodated in similar infrastructures, known as either reception centres or refugee camps. These facilities, and the prolonged length of time their residents stay there, contribute to the creation of a situation of ‘permanent temporariness’, which raises questions about the integration of refugees.
Are they included in, or excluded from, the state territory and its society?
To answer this question, we analyse the governance of reception facilities for refugees, with a particular focus on the role of local and municipal actors.
We look at institutional settings, governance processes, and their effects on the inclusion/exclusion of refugees, and on refugees’ subjectivities.
Going beyond categories of the global South and North, the case studies are Jordan and Luxembourg.
Developing a more global approach to analysing the governance of refugee reception facilities, going beyond the global South-North divide
Developing a better understanding of the role of local governance in relation to refugee reception across the global South-North divide
Understanding better the specificities in Luxembourg of the governance of refugee reception facilities from the perspective of global processes of refugee reception