"Wir schaffen das!"? Spatial pitfalls of neighborhood-based refugee reception in Germany - a case study of Frankfurt-Rödelheim

  • Refugee reception in Germany is a primarily municipal task that relies heavily on neighborhood-based volunteering. This paper asserts that there are fundamental spatial mismatches between municipal policies and neighborhood-based approaches that place additional burden on all of the stakeholders involved. Drawing from the case of Frankfurt-Rödelheim, which is a socially and ethnically mixed neighborhood in Frankfurt am Main, I show how the way the municipality accommodates refugees disregards the politically embraced work of neighborhood-based volunteers and how the ideal of neighborhood-based inclusion creates a spatial fetish that fails the living reality of the refugees. The findings are based on my ethnographic fieldwork as volunteer in a neighborhood-based welcome initiative.

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Author:Martina Blank
Parent Title (English):Social sciences
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2019/05/27
Date of first Publication:2019/05/27
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/12/08
Tag:Frankfurt am Main; Germany; forced migration; local refugee reception; municipalities; neighborhood activism; refugee accommodation
Page Number:15
Institutes:Geowissenschaften / Geographie / Geographie
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0