Existing in Limbo – The conditions of Homeless Migrants in Europe

Existing in Limbo – The conditions of Homeless Migrants in Europe

16th November, Barcelona, Spain

This event is organised by FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with Homeless People, with the support of local partners – fePsh, the Spanish Federation of Organisations Supporting Homeless People and the Caixa Forum.

Background

A growing number of people across Europe are experiencing a housing crisis and immigrants are amongst the groups particularly affected and often permanently excluded. A large proportion of migrants face overcrowding, poor facilities and hygiene conditions and those who are undocumented are often forced to live as nomads, because of the uncertainty of their legal status, and in undesirable areas that can be detrimental to their health and well-being. Discrimination, disadvantage and segregation play a significant role in creating barriers to access to housing, health and social services, education and other fundamental rights for migrant groups and the fact that similar discriminative practices occur in very different countries lead us to consider the patterns of discrimination as systematic and persistent. There is evidence that in most European Member States, migrants are often subjected to ill-treatment that ranges from being refused a property because of their origin to physical attacks, the aim of which is to keep them out of a particular neighbourhood, thus reinforcing or creating social exclusion.

The Conference will address all these issues and many more during two plenary sessions with experts and with migrants who have experience of homelessness as well as during eight interactive workshops organised thematically around the most relevant issues relating to migration and homelessness.

Download the programme and the registration form via http://www.feantsa.org/code/en/pg.asp?Page=1419

Practical Information:

Date: Friday 16th November 2012

Venue: Caixa Forum, Av Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona

Languages: English, French and Spanish

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