In nine pilot sites, ReROOT asks what can arrival infrastructures teach us about how newcomers settle or move on?

Arrival Infrastructure
Arrival infrastructure is a term coined by Meeus et al. in 2019. They define arrival infrastructure as those parts of the urban fabric within which newcomers become entangled on arrival, and where their future local or translocal social mobilities are produced as much as negotiated. Read more about arrival infrastructure here.
Project Timeline


In Spring 2021, we kicked-off the ReROOT project. Soon after we began training ourselves on concepts and methods for arrival infrastructure research and started fieldwork in the 9 sites.


After a year of fieldwork and training building relationships with actors embedded within arrival infrastructures in the nine sites, Platform Building action research begins.
Designing and Testing


The ReROOT Toolkit collecting two years worth of insights from arrival infrastructure research begins to take shape and is tested by relevant stakeholders.
Training and Sharing


The ReROOT Toolkit is disseminated to civil society actors and policy makers through trainings and workshops. Final policy recommendations are formulated and the project hosts its concluding event.

ReROOT is a Horizon2020 research project consisting of six universities, two research institutes, and two NGOS running from 2021-2025. The project uses ethnographic methods to study the challenges and opportunities migrants encounter on arrival in specific arrival situations in eight countries (Belgium, Turkey, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Greece, UK). ReROOT focuses on ‘arrival infrastructure’ - how newcomers source shelter, support and resources upon arrival in a place. From informal social connections to formal support organisations; from public spaces to libraries, shops or health centres, ‘arrival infrastructure’ shapes migrants’ pathways after arrival and affects how quickly and successfully they can achieve their goals, whether to settle or move on.

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