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GLIMER newsletter – October 2018

Last month, we met at the University of Calabria in Italy to discuss our latest work package, which focused on accommodation, regeneration and exclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in our localities. Four stakeholders from each of our country cases were invited to join our discussions, providing their own perspectives on what issues are facing Europe’s refugees and asylum seekers.


During our time in Calabria, we also visited a number of SPRAR projects in the region. Our Co-I, Tim Peace, has written a blog detailing these visits, and how the projects we visited are likely to be impacted by the recent ‘Salvini decrees’. One of our visits even featured in the local press!


Our Project Team have also been busy attending events, and publishing their own work. Our Co-I, Josie Christodoulou attended an event at the UN in New York on trafficking, while our team from Scotland will participate in the New Scots Evidence Group. Our Swedish Team also presented findings from their research through GLIMER at the Göthenborg Book Fair, and will be presenting results from our current work package at the ‘Refugees, Borders and Membership’ conference in Malmö later this month.


Since our last newsletter, our Research Fellow, Emma Hill, has also written a blogcommenting on the possible evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow by their accommodation provider, Serco. This story is ongoing, as legal battles against Serco continue, so expect more on this in the coming months.



Website: Media Page


We recently added a media page to our website! This page will include all our media appearances, and any videos, or photos we take during the project. Here you’ll find the recent media coverage of our visit to Mendicino where we met some of the employees of their SPRAR project, and the refugees who now live in the community.

Serco evictions and asylum accommodation governance: The consequences of a reserved, neoliberal accommodation model for displaced migrants in Glasgow


On 29 July 2018, private asylum accommodation provider, Serco, announced that with days notice, they would be changing the locks on up to 300 residences occupied by asylum seekers whose applications had been refused by the Home Office. The decision has been met with shock and anger both by Glasgow City Council and by the third sector and community networks the support refugees in Glasgow. Should the decision be implemented, there is a potential for 300 vulnerable people to be both destitute and homeless in Glasgow’s streets.

Stakeholder Opinions


During our recent stakeholder meeting in Calabria, we asked those who attended what they thought was the biggest challenge for the integration of refugees in Europe, and how they would approach this challenge.



Our visit to SPRAR projects in Calabria – now at risk due to the ‘Salvini decree’

In September, we held our second consortium meeting at the University of Calabria. As part of our meeting we visited local SPRAR (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees) projects, and met those who work in, and benefit from them. In this blog, our Co-Investigator, Tim Peace, details our experience, and analyses the impact current government legislation is likely to have on these projects.

Our Research Fellow, Emma Hill, and Co-I, Tim Peace, will participate in the New Scots Evidence Group. The group will meet at twice a year to inform the New Scots: refugee integration strategy 2018-2022 implementation.

On 2 October, our Co-I, Josie Christodoulou, was included on the panel for an event at the UN HQ in New York. This event titled ‘Combating trafficking in persons, especially women and girls: Implementing United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons and other preventative measures’aimed to contribute to the dialogue for eradicating trafficking in persons, especially women and girls.

Tim and Erica will also be presenting research on refugee accommodation from our current work package at the ‘Refugees, Borders and Membership’ conference at Malmö University.


There are 200 registered participants, 13 workshops that will cover a wide range of important themes, 135 paper presentations and two keynote speakers.

On 27 September, Erica also gave a talk based on results from the GLIMER project at the Götenborg Book Fair.


Our Swedish Team at Malmö University, along with the Municipality of Eslöv, The National Employment Agency, Eslövs folkhögskola are also part of an application for funding to increase collaboration and knowledge exchange of the reception of refugees in the Municipality of Eslöv. It is hoped that if accepted, this funding will further affirm the results of GLIMER’s research.

Our PI, Nasar Meer, published a a number of items recently:

Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) is hosting the next annual IMISCO conference from 26 to 28 June. The theme will be ‘Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches’. The call for paper and panel proposals will open soon.

Nasar was also a respondent at the LSE launch of the PEW Global Attitudes Survey launch of Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe in June.

In August, Nasar participated in a number of Edinburgh Festival events, including a panel on the Politics of Race, and another discussing a chapter in ‘No Problem Here’.

Earlier this month, Nasar spoke at the Berlin Jewish Museum at the Living with Islamophobia conference.

Our Research Fellow, Emma, and Mohamed Omar from the Mental Health Foundation, have written a piece for the British Sociological Association as part of Black History Month – ‘New’ Scots? (Re)Writing Somali Histories in Scotland’

GLIMER received funding in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 693443.







School of Social and Political Science

The University of Edinburgh

Scotland, UK

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