Newcomer wellbeing and placemaking in Southeast England

Think tank: Institute of Development Studies

Author(s): Emma Soye; Charles Watters

June 24, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at how refugees and asylum seekers experience wellbeing in urban contexts.

How do refugees and asylum seekers experience wellbeing and placemaking in urban contexts? The Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City (DWELL) project explored this question through interviews with people working for non-governmental and community organisations in southeast England. It found that the current asylum system negatively impacts wellbeing and placemaking for asylum seekers, and that access to urban spaces is key to building community connections. Non-governmental organisations and faith groups play an important role in sustaining a sense of wellbeing and place for refugees and asylum seekers.