The Intercultural Cities programme is pleased to announce the publication of the Policy brief on “Long-term sustainable housing solutions for the intercultural city”.
Housing, and especially the long-term process of creating and settling into a home plays a key role in successful migrant integration. In building intercultural cities, housing is both an area of concern and an opportunity to put the core intercultural integration principles into effective action.
However, housing inequality is a significant issue for migrants in Europe. They are more likely to find themselves in overcrowded accommodation, find housing more difficult to access and/or pay for, and are more subject to suffer the negative effects of gentrification. Moreover, the present geopolitical crisis has also put additional pressure on sustainable housing, in particular cities that are on the frontline of providing refuge to people fleeing Ukraine. Initiated to respond to the concerns expressed by the Polish cities that are member of the Intercultural Cities programme, this policy brief focuses on exploring good practice and solutions from cities and communities who seek sustainable and long-term housing solutions for residents. The solutions proposed here are therefore not specific to frontline cities but have been developed in many countries for a variety of migrants, both forced and voluntary with the view to respond to both emergency and long-term needs and reap the full benefits of migration.