Federation for
Housing and

Deventer IFHP LAB on Housing Refugees in the EU

WHAT: The Lab where we meet to begin the discussion 

WHEN: 19 - 20 October 2015 

WHERE: Deventer, The Netherlands 

VENUE: The Livinggreen Centre, Zutphenseweg 6 in Deventer.
For more information on how to get to the centre, please check their website.
  • Join the lab if you are working with housing and planning issues. 
  • Join if you anticipate professional challenges due to the current migrant flows in Europe. 
  • Join if you are interested in forming partnerships to help solve refugee-housing challenges to the best possible extent. 
The LAB begins with the findings of the housing refugee report, opening for discussions on further policy actions and recommendations.  


Sunday 18th of October 2015 

Arrival of participants in Deventer. 
If you are available at 5pm on 18th October join us for an informal gathering at Cafe, Restaurant  St Tropez on the main square called De Brink nr 17 in Deventer.
Monday 19th of October 2015 
08.30 Registration & coffee
Welcome to Deventer by Mr Jan Jaap Kolkman Alderman City of Deventer, responsible for Urban Planning and Housing.

Introduction to: IFHP Housing Refugee programme

Huibert Haccou (IFHP Council Member) & Christina Krog (IFHP team)
From Policy to Real Life – A Presentation of findings from IFHP Housing Refugee Report National housing policies in relation to refugees implemented by local governments
Andreia Fidalgo, IFHP Intern|MSc Sustainable Cities
10.00 Coffee break 
Short presentations by participants from Sweden, German, The Netherlands and Denmark 
11.30 Coffee break
Presentations by experts
About the UK Housing and Migration Network – Online presentation 
Sue Lukes, the director of MigrationWork CIC
Extreme Housing exclusion – cases from 11 European countries
Gina Netto, Harriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK 
  Lunch break
First round of appreciation/ brainstorm based on the findings in the report:  
  • Housing Policy & Affordable Housing Allocation Concentration or diffusion? High competition for affordable housing is amplified by domestic housing policy, an affordable housing unit shortage and varied housing allocation process and practices. 
  • Zoning & Planning Regulation
    In many European countries rigid regulation limits the reuse of existing spaces for housing, for example the conversion of vacant office space, schools and industrial facilities to support temporary housing. 
  • Housing & Integration
    Housing and integration are often conceived under separate authorities. Housing as infrastructure is just one part of the equation. Social considerations such as proximity to family, employment opportunities, schooling and community interaction are integral for permanent refugee housing to become not just a place to live but a home.
14.30 Discussions and Exchange of findings 
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Discuss and extract recommendations endorsed mostly for local, region and national European government levels
16.00 First sessions on development of recommendations
17.00 Wrap up & end of 1st day
17.30 Return to the hotel 
19.00 "Running dinner" offered by the city of Deventer including a city walk

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

08.30   Good morning & coffee
09.00  Recap of the day before; exchange of draft recommendations
10.00 Second session on recommendations incorporating the comments and additionsv
11.00 Coffee break
Third session of recommendations to finalize and agreement on the presentation of recommendations

End of lab & lunch
Participants not participating in the ISOCARP congress head home.

13.30   Press conference
Recommended local hotels
Hotel Postillon Deventer, Deventer weg 121 Deventer, on walking distance from the Livinggreen Centre.    
Sandton Hotel, Worp 2 Deventer near the City Centre on the shores of the river IJssel.                                    
When booked via  Deventer Hotels, the prices for these hotels are € 80 per night.
Go back to the Housing Refugee event in the calendar.