OTB-colloquium: "Access to the city: immigration control and reconceptualising urban diversity dynamics" by Fran Meissner

28 november 2017 12:30 t/m 13:30 - Locatie: Berlage 2 - Door: Webredactie OTB

Recent increases in refugee migrations to Europe have brought to the fore how rapidly international migration can change urban settings with notable effects on the housing market and how it is negotiated by new arrivals. To better understand how those dynamics become relevant for cities and their inhabitants it is necessary to explain why and how the regulation of migration – mostly coordinated at the national level – effects changing patterns of migration-driven diversity in urban settings.

When:      Tuesday November 28, from 12.30-13.30h (including lunch)
Where:     Berlage 2
Who:        Fran Meissner
From:      OTB – Research for the Built Enviroment, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft
Title:        Access to the city: immigration control and reconceptualising urban diversity dynamics

About the colloquium:

Recent increases in refugee migrations to Europe have brought to the fore how rapidly international migration can change urban settings with notable effects on the housing market and how it is negotiated by new arrivals. To better understand how those dynamics become relevant for cities and their inhabitants, it is necessary to explain why and how the regulation of migration – mostly coordinated at the national level – effects changing patterns of migration-driven diversity in urban settings. With this presentation Fran Meissner will firstly introduce the notion of legal status diversity and its relevance for changing population dynamics in cities. To show this she draws on data indicating spatial and temporal differences in the shares of migrants moving through different immigration routes. Moving beyond a more macro-level focus she then analyses how migrants navigate a multiplicity of legal provisions in arriving to a midsized German city. For this Ms. Meissner draws on 40 interviews with migrants who moved to such a city through various immigration routes. Interviews analysed were specifically focused on arrival stories and the dialectic between finding housing and dealing with immigration authorities. The individual stories show a complex web of reasons for why and how access to housing is shaped by a migrant’s immigration status. The regulation of migration materialises as important in local contexts and often prevents equal access to the city. In conclusion she comments on how the described dynamics are relevant for reconceptualising the study of urban diversity through a focus on diversity dynamics.

About the speaker:

Fran Meissner is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow in the Neighbourhood Change group. Her work focusses on how migration is changing cities and how to better make sense of the challenges a growing population diversity poses. She has previously worked at the University of Kassel, the European University Institute in Florence and the Max-Plank-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

Time schedule:

(lunch is included)

12.30 – 12.35: Welcome
12.35 – 13.05: Presentation by Fran Meissner
13.05 – 13.30: Discussion chaired by Maarten van Ham

Please reply to the OTB Secretary (secretariaat-OTB@tudelft.nl) before Friday November 24 if you want to participate in the colloquium. Replies are necessary for the catering.

Looking forward to your attendance and a fruitful discussion.