The everyday experiences of young refugees and asylumseekers in public spaces (EYERASPS)

This project aims to explore the everyday experiences of young refugees and asylum seekers and examines the role that arts and culture initiatives play for integration.

Focusing on the engagement of young refugees and asylum seekers with public space, the EYERASPS project researches refugee youth’s stories of home-making, their interaction with arrival structures and their negotiations of inclusion and exclusion in public spaces. It considers refugee youth’s migration histories as well as new spaces for urban citizenship, how these emerge in the city and the role these play in European integration.

The IfL-research team is working together with colleagues from the Universities of Newcastle, Utrecht and Liege as well as with Associate Partners from arts and culture initiatives to explore refugee youth’s reworking of public space and to develop more inclusive urban citizenries.

The project employs qualitative and participatory methods with refugee youth including participant observation, interviews and group discussions alongside an innovative suite of creative methods including mental mapping, walk-along interviews, photography and digital storytelling. We will also interview stakeholders working in arts and cultural initiatives.


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Project information

Project team

Kathrin Hörschelmann (coordination), Elisabeth Kirndörfer, Yuliana Lazova, Karin Wiest


Newcastle University (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Liège University (Belgium)

Duration of project

05/2019 – 04/2022

Funded by

Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Further information

Dr. Kathrin Hörschelmann
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-148


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