SCD projects

Understanding the public-private spectrum of space in asylum-seekers’ accommodation facilities

Shahd Wari


Within the framework of the project, ‘Diversity of Asylum-seekers’ Needs and Aspirations’, the sub-project ‘Understanding the Public-private Spectrum of Space’ employed participant observation, spatial analysis and guided and semi-structured interviews with asylum-seekers to understand their spatial needs and perceptions and to investigate the importance of public and private spaces, as well as the dynamics of social spaces in accommodation facilities specifically and on the city level in Göttingen in general. This focus on space is meant to contribute in part to answering the macro-project’s research question investigating needs and aspirations, and to clarify whether and how existing institutional accommodation facilities meet the needs and aspirations of asylum-seekers, and how they influence their life trajectories.