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Carta Academica – Universités flamandes et apartheid : l’héritage d’André Vlerick
Carta Academica – Universités flamandes et apartheid : l’héritage d’André Vlerick
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Published December 2, 2023 in Le Soir
 
 
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Carta Academica – Universités flamandes et apartheid : l’héritage d’André Vlerick
Carta Academica – Universités flamandes et apartheid : l’héritage d’André Vlerick
Tous les samedis, « Le Soir » publie la chronique d’un ou plusieurs membres de Carta Academica. Cette semaine : comme avant le 7 octobre, les universités flamandes et le courant politique dominant continuent à méconnaître qu’Israël est un État qui pratique l’apartheid. Il est temps de se rappeler que pendant plus de dix ans, l’apartheid en Afrique du Sud a été soutenu idéologiquement et financièrement par la Flandre : Protea, Kredietbank, et KB Lux avec André Vlerick comme figure de proue.
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“Vlerick must fall”: Why Flemish universities must take a stance on the Israeli apartheid regime.
"Vlerick must fall": Why Flemish universities must take a stance on the Israeli apartheid regime.
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Published November 20, 2023 in De Morgen

Our ReROOT Principal Investigator Karel Arnaut today in De Morgen: “Vlerick must fall”: Why Flemish universities must take a stance on the Israeli apartheid regime. / ‘Vlerick must fall’: waarom de Vlaamse universiteiten positie moeten innemen over het Israëlische apartheidsregime

The article, written by Karel Arnaut, an anthropology professor at KU Leuven, addresses the silence of Flemish universities and the political mainstream regarding the Israeli apartheid regime. Arnaut argues that the universities need to take a clear stance on the ongoing events in Gaza and the occupied territories, emphasizing the importance of a well-founded argument and historical memory, especially concerning apartheid. The article also delves into the historical connection between Flemish universities, specifically the Vlerick Business School, and apartheid-era South Africa, highlighting the role of André Vlerick in supporting the racist regime.

 
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“Vlerick must fall”: Why Flemish universities must take a stance on the Israeli apartheid regime.
"Vlerick must fall": Why Flemish universities must take a stance on the Israeli apartheid regime.
Our ReROOT Principal Investigator Karel Arnaut today in De Morgen: “Vlerick must fall”: Why Flemish universities must take a stance on the Israeli apartheid regime. / ‘Vlerick must fall’: waarom de Vlaamse universiteiten positie moeten innemen over het Israëlische apartheidsregime The article, written by Karel Arnaut, an anthropology professor at KU Leuven, addresses the silence of Flemish universities and the political mainstream regarding the Israeli apartheid regime. Arnaut argues that the universities need to take a clear stance on the ongoing events in Gaza and the occupied territories, emphasizing the importance of a well-founded argument and historical memory, especially concerning apartheid. The article also delves into the historical connection between Flemish universities, specifically the Vlerick Business School, and apartheid-era South Africa, highlighting the role of André Vlerick in supporting the racist regime.
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Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
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Published March 18, 2023 on De Morgen
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Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
News coverage of Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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Die Lage in der Nordstadt spitzt sich zu: Keine Kinderärzte, fehlende Schul- und Kitaplätze
Die Lage in der Nordstadt spitzt sich zu: Keine Kinderärzte, fehlende Schul- und Kitaplätze
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Published May 5, 2023 on Nordstadtblogger
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Die Lage in der Nordstadt spitzt sich zu: Keine Kinderärzte, fehlende Schul- und Kitaplätze
Die Lage in der Nordstadt spitzt sich zu: Keine Kinderärzte, fehlende Schul- und Kitaplätze
In Dortmund's Nordstadt, a significant demonstration took place with 400 empty chairs at Nordmarkt, symbolizing a severe shortage of primary school places, daycare facilities, and pediatric healthcare. This event gathered various community actors and organizations, underscoring the pressing need for educational and social resources in the area​​.
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The San Marino Pavilion Distinguishes Between Host and Guest at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale
The San Marino Pavilion Distinguishes Between Host and Guest at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale
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Published September 10, 2023 on Archdaily
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The San Marino Pavilion Distinguishes Between Host and Guest at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale
The San Marino Pavilion Distinguishes Between Host and Guest at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale
‘Hosting in Hostility’ is both an exhibition and an intervention in the San Marino Pavilion of the Venice 2023 Biennale. In the exhibition part, ‘Hosting in Hostility’ features two distinct ‘Infrastructures of Hospitality’ in the making, one in Brussels (Globe Aroma) and one in Palestine (The Yalla Project).
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Carolien leefde maanden als arbeidsmigrant en sliep in ‘Polenhotel’: ‘Wat moet je daar?
Carolien leefde maanden als arbeidsmigrant en sliep in ‘Polenhotel’: ‘Wat moet je daar?
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Published Aughust 10, 2023 on AD.NL
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Carolien leefde maanden als arbeidsmigrant en sliep in ‘Polenhotel’: ‘Wat moet je daar?
Carolien leefde maanden als arbeidsmigrant en sliep in ‘Polenhotel’: ‘Wat moet je daar?
Blogpost by the social facility Soziales Zentrum in Nordstadt about the 400 chairs event
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WOS.NL Televised News: Carolien Lubberhuizen, over haar ontdekkingstocht als arbeidsmigrant in het Westland
WOS.NL Televised News: Carolien Lubberhuizen, over haar ontdekkingstocht als arbeidsmigrant in het Westland
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Published September 22, 2023 on wos.nl
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WOS.NL Televised News: Carolien Lubberhuizen, over haar ontdekkingstocht als arbeidsmigrant in het Westland
WOS.NL Televised News: Carolien Lubberhuizen, over haar ontdekkingstocht als arbeidsmigrant in het Westland
Carolien Lubberhuizen (UInvited to share my research experience and talk about the exhibition in Naaldwijk on Aan Tafel, a talkshow of WOS (regional broadcast of Westland).
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Carolien leefde maandenlang als arbeidsmigrant in Westlandse kas
Carolien leefde maandenlang als arbeidsmigrant in Westlandse kas
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Published May 4, 2023 on Rodi
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Carolien leefde maandenlang als arbeidsmigrant in Westlandse kas
Carolien leefde maandenlang als arbeidsmigrant in Westlandse kas
Blogpost by the social facility Soziales Zentrum in Nordstadt about the 400 chairs event
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Mannenverbod’ in Belgische asielopvang is tegen de wet, maar de overheid zet toch door
Mannenverbod’ in Belgische asielopvang is tegen de wet, maar de overheid zet toch door
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Published May 4, 2023 on NRC
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Mannenverbod’ in Belgische asielopvang is tegen de wet, maar de overheid zet toch door
Mannenverbod’ in Belgische asielopvang is tegen de wet, maar de overheid zet toch door
Blogpost by the social facility Soziales Zentrum in Nordstadt about the 400 chairs event
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“Beste Bildung“ bestellt – Schul-Misere bekommen Halbzeitbilanz der Dortmunder Schulpolitik
"Beste Bildung“ bestellt - Schul-Misere bekommen Halbzeitbilanz der Dortmunder Schulpolitik
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Published July 27, 2023 on Ruhr Nachrichten
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“Beste Bildung“ bestellt – Schul-Misere bekommen Halbzeitbilanz der Dortmunder Schulpolitik
"Beste Bildung“ bestellt - Schul-Misere bekommen Halbzeitbilanz der Dortmunder Schulpolitik
Article on half-time of election period of the DO mayor and challenges not solved (education policy, among others), mentioning planerladen and ILS
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Pop-up tentoonstelling onthult onzichtbare rituelen van seizoenarbeiders in de Haspengouwse fruitteelt
Pop-up tentoonstelling onthult onzichtbare rituelen van seizoenarbeiders in de Haspengouwse fruitteelt
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Published April 28, 2023 on haspengouwsnieuws.be
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Pop-up tentoonstelling onthult onzichtbare rituelen van seizoenarbeiders in de Haspengouwse fruitteelt
Pop-up tentoonstelling onthult onzichtbare rituelen van seizoenarbeiders in de Haspengouwse fruitteelt
Met de komst van de bloesems wordt de Haspengouwse fruitteelt en het belang ervan voor geschiedenis, natuur, cultuur en gemeenschap van de regio elk jaar opnieuw belangrijker. De fruitteelt en landbouw in België is nu grootschaliger dan ooit en verbonden met mensen en plaatsen uit heel Europa. Welke rollen spelen arbeidsmigratie en seizoenarbeid in dit verhaal over fruitteelt erfgoed?
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Hoe vinden Haspengouwse fruitplukkers hier hun weg? Carolien toont het in expo
Hoe vinden Haspengouwse fruitplukkers hier hun weg? Carolien toont het in expo
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Published May 7, 2023 on Het Belang Van Limburg.
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Hoe vinden Haspengouwse fruitplukkers hier hun weg? Carolien toont het in expo
Hoe vinden Haspengouwse fruitplukkers hier hun weg? Carolien toont het in expo
Sint-Truiden - Voor onderzoek over seizoensarbeiders in de landbouw trok Carolien Lubberhuizen zelf naar de Haspengouwse fruitvelden. Hoe makkelijk integreren deze mensen? Wat zijn hun eigen rituelen? Haar ervaringen deelt Carolien nu in een expo in het kerkje van Guvelingen.
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400 Stühle als Symbol für Schulplätze
400 Stühle als Symbol für Schulplätze
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Published May 4, 2023 on Soziales-Zentrum
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400 Stühle als Symbol für Schulplätze
400 Stühle als Symbol für Schulplätze
Blogpost by the social facility Soziales Zentrum in Nordstadt about the 400 chairs event
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Bildungsmisere in der Nordstadt Hunderte leere Stühle an prominentem Ort machen das Ausmaß der Probleme klar
Bildungsmisere in der Nordstadt Hunderte leere Stühle an prominentem Ort machen das Ausmaß der Probleme klar
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Published May 4, 2023 on Ruhrnachrichten
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Bildungsmisere in der Nordstadt Hunderte leere Stühle an prominentem Ort machen das Ausmaß der Probleme klar
Bildungsmisere in der Nordstadt Hunderte leere Stühle an prominentem Ort machen das Ausmaß der Probleme klar
Article on the 400 chairs event
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Unbeschult: Hunderte Schulplätze fehlen in Dortmund
Unbeschult: Hunderte Schulplätze fehlen in Dortmund
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Published May 4, 2023 on Deutschlandfunk
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Unbeschult: Hunderte Schulplätze fehlen in Dortmund
Unbeschult: Hunderte Schulplätze fehlen in Dortmund
Radio report on shortage of school places related to 400 chairs event, interview with Heike Hanhörster.
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Aktion: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungs- und Teilhabe-Benachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
Aktion: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungs- und Teilhabe-Benachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
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Published May 4, 2023 on Nordstadtblogger
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Aktion: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungs- und Teilhabe-Benachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
Aktion: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungs- und Teilhabe-Benachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
The Nordstadt area of Dortmund highlighted the issue of educational disadvantage with a striking display of 400 chairs to symbolize the lack of school places. This action, part of the ReROOT project, not only aims to draw attention to the shortfall in educational and health provisions but also to initiate discussions and engagement among local stakeholders and the affected youth
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Jaarlijkse bloesemzegening in Sint-Truiden
Jaarlijkse bloesemzegening in Sint-Truiden
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Published April 23, 2023 on VRT.DE
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Jaarlijkse bloesemzegening in Sint-Truiden
Jaarlijkse bloesemzegening in Sint-Truiden
News article on the blossom blessing in Sint-Truiden. The exhibition, one of the platform building activities in ReROOT, is mentioned briefly, albeit not within the ReROOT context.
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Tentoonstelling ‘Gedeelde oogst, verbonden verhalen’
Tentoonstelling ‘Gedeelde oogst, verbonden verhalen’
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Published April 23, 2023, www.ikwooninsinttruiden.be
 

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Tentoonstelling ‘Gedeelde oogst, verbonden verhalen’
Tentoonstelling ‘Gedeelde oogst, verbonden verhalen’
News coverage of ReROOT researcher Carolien Lubberhuizen's research and exhibition in a local outlet (ikwooninsinttruiden.be) on the blossom festival, including some attention to the exhibition. Nog tot en met 17 mei loopt de bijzondere expo ‘Gedeelde oogst, verbonden verhalen’. De pop-up tentoonstelling onderzoekt hoe de viering en zegening van landbouw elders in Europa plaatsvindt en hoe migratie en seizoenarbeiders nieuwe verhalen en rituelen creëren in de Haspengouwse boomgaarden en Westlandse (NL) kassen. Ze toont je andere perspectieven op landbouwerfgoed aan de hand van bestaande en nieuwe rituelen.
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Actievoerders brengen in beslag genomen Fedasil-zetels naar kraakpand
Actievoerders brengen in beslag genomen Fedasil-zetels naar kraakpand
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Actievoerders brengen in beslag genomen Fedasil-zetels naar kraakpand (BRUZZ.be).

Ongoing coverage of the symbolic action initiated by ReROOT researcher Shila Anaraki in solidarity with those neglected reception by the Belgian agency, Fedasil (Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers).

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Actievoerders brengen in beslag genomen Fedasil-zetels naar kraakpand
Actievoerders brengen in beslag genomen Fedasil-zetels naar kraakpand
Zaterdagmiddag hebben actievoerders in beslag genomen zetels naar het kraakpand in de Koning Albert II-laan gebracht. Het gaat om meubilair afkomstig uit de kantoren van staatssecretaris voor Asiel en Migratie Nicole de Moor (CD&V) en Fedasil. “We brengen de opvang naar de mensen die geen plek krijgen.”
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In beslag genomen meubilair Fedasil gaat naar Brussels kraakpand om er “salon van schaamte” te maken
In beslag genomen meubilair Fedasil gaat naar Brussels kraakpand om er “salon van schaamte” te maken
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Ongoing coverage of the symbolic action initiated by ReROOT researcher Shila Anaraki in solidarity with those neglected reception by the Belgian agency, Fedasil (Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers).

Een burgercollectief zal zaterdag een deel van het meubilair dat recentelijk in beslag genomen werd bij Fedasil, overmaken aan de asielzoekers die sinds een week een gebouw aan de Koning Albert II-laan in de buurt van het Brusselse Noordstation bezetten. Het gaat om een symbolische actie, zo kondigt het collectief ‘Stop de Opvangcrisis’ aan.

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In beslag genomen meubilair Fedasil gaat naar Brussels kraakpand om er “salon van schaamte” te maken
In beslag genomen meubilair Fedasil gaat naar Brussels kraakpand om er “salon van schaamte” te maken
Een burgercollectief zal zaterdag een deel van het meubilair dat recentelijk in beslag genomen werd bij Fedasil, overmaken aan de asielzoekers die sinds een week een gebouw aan de Koning Albert II-laan in de buurt van het Brusselse Noordstation bezetten. Het gaat om een symbolische actie, zo kondigt het collectief ‘Stop de Opvangcrisis’ aan.
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Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
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Published March 18, 2023 on HBVL
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Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
News coverage of Nicole de Moor's (Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration) response to ReROOT researcher Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
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Published March 18, 2023 on Standaard
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Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
News coverage of Nicole de Moor's (Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration) response to ReROOT researcher Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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Geveilde meubels Fedasil in kraakpand Brussel: “Schaamte voorbij”
Geveilde meubels Fedasil in kraakpand Brussel: “Schaamte voorbij”
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Published March 18, 2023 on Vlaamsbelang
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Geveilde meubels Fedasil in kraakpand Brussel: “Schaamte voorbij”
Geveilde meubels Fedasil in kraakpand Brussel: “Schaamte voorbij”
News coverage of Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
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Published March 18, 2023 on Nieuwsblad
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Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers leveren meubelen van Fedasil af bij asielzoekers voor “Salon van Schaamte”, De Moor betreurt actie
News coverage of Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
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Published March 18, 2023 on De Standaard
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Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
Burgers maken ‘salon van schaamte’ met meubelen van Fedasil, De Moor betreurt actie
News coverage of Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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Demandeurs d’asile : le mobilier de Fedasil pour créer un “salon de la honte”
Demandeurs d’asile : le mobilier de Fedasil pour créer un “salon de la honte”
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Published March 18, 2023 on Bx1
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Demandeurs d’asile : le mobilier de Fedasil pour créer un “salon de la honte”
Demandeurs d’asile : le mobilier de Fedasil pour créer un “salon de la honte”
News coverage of Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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“Le salon de la honte”: des citoyens livrent du mobilier de Fedasil aux demandeurs d’asile
"Le salon de la honte": des citoyens livrent du mobilier de Fedasil aux demandeurs d’asile
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Published March 18, 2023 on RTBF
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“Le salon de la honte”: des citoyens livrent du mobilier de Fedasil aux demandeurs d’asile
"Le salon de la honte": des citoyens livrent du mobilier de Fedasil aux demandeurs d’asile
News coverage of Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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In beslag genomen meubilair van fedasil gaat naar kraakpand
In beslag genomen meubilair van fedasil gaat naar kraakpand
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Published March 17, 2023 on Knack
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In beslag genomen meubilair van fedasil gaat naar kraakpand
In beslag genomen meubilair van fedasil gaat naar kraakpand
News coverage of Shila Anaraki's public action developed in collaboration with local stakeholders as part of arrival infrastructure research through platform building
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Palais des Droits: A squat with a future
Palais des Droits: A squat with a future
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Published Saturday March 4th, 2023 13:18, De Wereld Morgen

Op. Ed – Viviana d’Auria, Luce Beeckmans, Tasneem Nagi, Heleen Verheyden, Céline Drieskens, Aikaterini Anastasiou, Jeroen Stevens, Isabelle Beno, Dounia Salamé
A group of academics at KU Leuven’s Department of Architecture is reacting to the inappropriate manner in which the ‘Palace des Droits’ was cleared on 14 and 15 February in Brussels’ Rue des Palais. They argue that there is an alternative on site: “The Palace could be a pilot project for a city like Brussels that wants to burn itself as a liveable and tolerant city.”
 

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On February 14th and 15th 2023, the Palais des Droits, a former office building in Brussels, was chaotically evacuated. For more than four months the building accommodated a heterogeneous community that shared a common demand for dignified housing in the city.

By promising to provide shelter to all residents after eviction, the Brussels Region seemed to break away from a longstanding tradition of treating people according to their legal status and responsible government agency rather than according to their (housing) needs.

Two weeks later, it has nevertheless become clear that a considerable amount of residents from the Palais des Droits never received housing. Instead, the problem of accommodation was simply relocated to other places in Brussels, including the bridge in front of the registration center in the Petit-Château/ Klein-Kasteeltje (where people were in fact already staying prior to the occupation of the Palace, but they were not picked up by buses, demonstrating both the opportunism and the total arbitrariness of the reception policy).

Moreover, some people who resided in the Palais were never eligible for shelter (such as rejected asylum seekers or those falling under the Dublin Protocol) and with the eviction they risk falling through the cracks of bureaucracy yet again.

For them, this is likely to be another episode of exclusion, one exacerbated by a media storm tainting the Palace’s ‘squatters’ to crime, illness and drugs. Yet, what characterized this community is first and foremost the fact that their right to housing was violated and that they had found a temporary refuge in the Palais to escape homelessness.

The Palais is located along the royal “tracé” that connects the Palace of Justice and the Rue Royale with the Rue des Palais. This urban axis not only hosts major vacant public buildings, but also displays past and ongoing struggles for the right to housing.

Four of the most iconic occupations of vacant buildings of the last two decades are situated along this line: the ‘123, the Gesù Church, the occupation on rue Royale 312 and the Palais being the latest under eviction.

Ironically, the Palais stands spatially and symbolically against the idea of justice. The occupations make visible the intersection between the housing and hospitality crises in Brussels, as well as the inevitable deadlock we end up in as asylum and migration on the one hand and housing on the other are settled at different administrative levels.

While Secretary for Asylum and Migration De Moor stresses the importance of structural reforms for stronger borders, quicker procedures and an improved return policy[1], we argue that structural reforms are needed that address the causes that create both vacancy and homelessness. To this end, policies should be implemented across fragmented policy responsibilities and preferably at the city level.

Affiliated with the Department of Architecture (KU Leuven) and with the Palace as a neighbor of one of our campuses, we believe that architects can play an important role in imagining a new urban project of hospitality and justice. This imagination is currently completely lacking.

Even a vacant public building like the Palace, owned by a social housing company, could not generate the imagination in the relevant authorities to use vacancy as an opportunity to address the growing homelessness and to do so independently of people’s legal status and across fragmented powers. The building was (forcibly) vacated even though it provides the beds that Fedasil is still lacking and the roof over the head that the many homeless people in Brussels have yet to find.

However, the Ukrainian crisis has shown that innovative solutions to asylum reception are possible. Nevertheless, these solutions are selective in their target population and, as Boie and De Cauter noted earlier, even the innovative mobilization of housing actors in the case of Ukrainian asylum seekers is not structural but short-lived.

Temporary occupations such as the Palais, represent an obvious, albeit imperfect, answer for designing a more hospitable urban future. They also reveal the major gaps in the (political) architecture of housing, care and shelter.

Although the powers of the state are fragmented in a country like Belgium, empty (public) buildings in Brussels offer the best opportunities to create an “architecture of the state” based on hospitality rather than hostility. This can build on the many efforts of NGOs, civil society organizations and citizens instead of tearing them down.

As architects, we argue that it is time to create a permanent infrastructure for what are erroneously viewed as ‘temporary’ crises. For the time being, critical and spatial thinking in permanent and sustainable terms does not seem to exist when we witness how Fedasil builds and destroys its capacity every few years or when we find that the Humanitarian Hub in Brussels will have to move again.

In the case of the Palace, the Brussels Region may have managed, in a chaotic but relatively peaceful manner, to dismantle an explosive situation of which the biggest fear was that it might explode in its face. What is not yet in sight, however, is the birth of a long-term plan that deals sustainably and structurally with resources to (temporarily) accommodate the most vulnerable urbanites based on their socio-spatial needs rather than their legal status is.

If we are to take design and architecture as a site of “restorative justice” seriously – which we practice in numerous research and education projects within the university – the Palais would be an ideal setting to start experimenting with innovative forms of housing, based on hybrid housing coalitions and innovative space-sharing. These would build on the work of recognized organizations with deep ties to relevant communities which would allow them to include the communities concerned in all stages of the design process.

The Palace could be a pilot project for a city like Brussels that wants to show itself as a liveable and hospitable city. With some imagination, this could allow for longer-term development of inclusive urban infrastructures, catering to people with and without citizenship, and allowing for a much needed continuity of housing trajectories.

Do we want to see it happen?

Signed by following members of the Department of Architecture at KU Leuven (Faculty of Architecture + Faculty of Engineering):

Prof. Viviana d’Auria, Prof. Luce Beeckmans, Tasneem Nagi, Heleen Verheyden, Céline Drieskens, Aikaterini Anastasiou, Jeroen Stevens, Isabelle Benoit, Prof. Em. Frank Moulaert, Stijn Cools, Joris Moonen, Geert De Neuter, Prof. Karel Vandenhende, Layla Zibar, Stefan Boeykens, Cato Leuraers, Ward Verbakel, Prof. Lucía C. Pérez Moreno, Prof. Krista De Jonge, Jakob D’herde, Prof. Thomas Coomans, Prof. Bruno De Meulder, Prof. Hilde Heynen, Wei Lei, Prof. Kelly Shannon, Jona Moereels, Dounia Salamé, Prof. Em. Koen(raad) Van Balen, Daan Van Cauteren, José Fernando Higuera Osorio, Changxue Shu, Yasmin Zainul Mochtar, Prof. Pieter Van den Broeck, Sarah Flebus, Prof. Guido Geenen, Els Van Meerbeek, Jan Lim, Jan Bleyen, Maxime Prananto, Piet Tutenel, Ruth Segers, Julie Claeys, Xenia Katsigianni, Prof. Yves Schoonjans, Khalda El Jack, Inge Claessens, Natasja Ausseloos, Jana Peeters, Karina Desmet, Isabelle Van den Bossche, Sandra Pierpont, Yuri Gerrits, Katrien Vandendorpe, Michelle Mlati, Constance Uyttebrouck, Jan van Hoof, Sandro Armanda, Gitte Schreurs, Martine Demaeseneer, Jasmien Wouters, Koenraad Danneels, Janno Martens, Liselotte Vroman, Rosaura Hernandez Romero, Tristan Claus, Bruno Meeus, Björn Bracke, Marie Vanderghote, Maxime Vancoillie, Kristien Van Crombrugge, Wouter Krokaert, Xavier Mendez Abad, Helen Van de Vloet, Annemie Demeulemeester, Prof. Koen De Wandeler, Lars Fischer, Prof. Filip Mattens, Jolein Bergers, Ellen Verbiest, Prof. Sven Sterken, Dries Pattyn, Teodora Stefanova, Prof. Bruno Notteboom, Prof. Rajesh Heynickx, Olga Peek, Siel Vandamme, Kezia Eka Sari Dewi, Tom Thys, Claire Bosmans, Leen Scholiers, Nathalie Vackier, Evita Piscador, Javier Rodriguez Soriano, Prof. Anne-Françoise Morel, Gudrun De Maeyer, Alice Payne, Hülya Ertas, Prof. Lieven De Cauter, Gideon Boie, Jesse Honsa, Nele Stragier, Doug Allard, Stijn Paredis, Arian Schelstraete.

 
 

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Palais des Droits: A squat with a future
Palais des Droits: A squat with a future
A group of academics at KU Leuven's Department of Architecture is reacting to the inappropriate manner in which the 'Palace des Droits' was cleared on 14 and 15 February in Brussels' Rue des Palais. They argue that there is an alternative on site: "The Palace could be a pilot project for a city like Brussels that wants to burn itself as a liveable and tolerant city."
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Refugee families being moved from London to Leeds – our research shows what is lost when newcomers have to leave a neighbourhood
Refugee families being moved from London to Leeds – our research shows what is lost when newcomers have to leave a neighbourhood
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Published February 17, 2023 on the Conversation, written by Tamlyn Monson and Malte Gembus
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Refugee families being moved from London to Leeds – our research shows what is lost when newcomers have to leave a neighbourhood

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Malte Gembus, Coventry University and Tamlyn Monson, Coventry University

Just over a year after fleeing the Taliban and seeking asylum in the UK, more than 150 Afghan refugees, including children, are facing more upheaval. In a matter of weeks, the Home Office has given dozens of refugee and asylum seeker families short notice that they will be moved from their accommodation in London to hotels in Yorkshire and Bedfordshire, hundreds of miles away.

Many new arrivals find themselves moved to different areas, often where accommodation is cheaper. This involves taking (often vulnerable) people far away from the neighbourhood where they have begun settling in, and where they have started in local schools and jobs. Our research in the London boroughs of Newham and Barking & Dagenham illustrates how important these point-of-arrival communities are to refugees – and what is at stake when people are made to leave.

Our work involves speaking to newcomers, learning about their experiences since arrival, spending time in local places that feature in their lives, and working alongside people that provide services and support.

The resources, opportunities and support structures people use to get orientated in a new community make up what we call “arrival infrastructure”. This involves interactions with people, from paid service providers to friends, colleagues and strangers on the street. It happens in parks, markets, barbershops, libraries, community centres, schools and shared accommodation.

New migrants invest a lot of labour and energy in becoming accustomed to new surroundings, getting to know a new neighbourhood, working out how to access local services, schools and GPs, and building relationships in the community. Even more emotional and physical effort is needed to secure a job. For many, this depends on establishing relationships with the right people first.

Changing places

Schools, community centres, and places of worship; friends, co-tenants and colleagues; even the local off-licence – all of these are key parts of arrival infrastructure. They can’t be packed up and moved to a different locality.

The decline in affordable housing and council accommodation in the UK has created dilemmas for local councils and the Home Office when it comes to housing vulnerable residents. Yet authorities need to weigh the financial gains of moving families against the losses to vulnerable people who are forced to abandon the lives they have built and go somewhere else.

A Home Office spokesperson told The Conversation: “While hotels do not provide a long-term solution, they do offer safe, secure and clean accommodation. We will continue to bring down the number of people in bridging hotels, moving people into more sustainable accommodation as quickly as possible.

"Occasionally families may be moved from a hotel scheduled for closure to another hotel. In these instances, families are given appropriate notice of a move and are supported by their local authority every step of the way.”

We know from our research that access to support varies from place to place. One ex-asylum seeker we spoke to easily accessed a GP in her Dagenham neighbourhood. But she struggled to get healthcare in other areas, where local surgeries insisted on proof of address that she was unable to provide while in Home Office accommodation. Although NHS policy does not require documentary proof of address, some surgeries insist on it. Healthwatch has found this to be a common barrier preventing people from registering with a GP.

We also know that schools and workplaces can be crucial in settling in – and not purely because they offer an education or a salary. Among new arrivals in Barking, work often provides opportunities for friendships, knowledge-sharing and improving English language skills.

A large, handmade sign with a blue background and a colourful picture of a hand surrounded by quotes about community, neighbours and supporting each other.
This mural, painted by a local resident in Barking & Dagenham, shows how the community has welcomed and supported newcomers. Tamlyn Monson

Schools as arrival hubs

Our research shows how important schools are in helping newly arrived families settle in. Some schools become real “arrival hubs” in their local area where staff fulfil a variety of roles going way beyond education. They help newly arrived families navigate complex bureaucratic processes and make social connections in the neighbourhood. Perhaps most importantly, they provide emotional support in times that can be uncertain and distressing.

As Soofia Amin, assistant head teacher at Kensington Primary School in East Ham, told us:

We strive to be there as a constant support with our doors always open, this is what helps our newly arrived families. We are the safe space when they first arrive.

One woman we spoke to, Daniela (not her real name), is a mother and volunteer at a primary school in the London borough of Newham. After several years in the borough, Daniela now feels confident about how to find help and participate in local life.

Now I can say that with any problem I have, I know where to go. Maybe it’s because I have been here for longer and I grow a little bit to understand where to go in the neighbourhood. And really, we have a lot of support here. Anything you need – you can go to school; you can do anything.

Daniela and Soofia remind us of the value of a neighbourhood in helping new arrivals solve problems, access services and get involved in local life. In this sense, the costs for refugees being moved away from their jobs and schools goes deeper than the obvious impacts to their education and income. Their wellbeing, social inclusion, participation and sense of belonging are all at risk.The Conversation

Malte Gembus, Postdoctoral research fellow, Coventry University and Tamlyn Monson, Postdoctoral research fellow, Coventry University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Refugee families being moved from London to Leeds – our research shows what is lost when newcomers have to leave a neighbourhood
Refugee families being moved from London to Leeds – our research shows what is lost when newcomers have to leave a neighbourhood
Article written by ReROOT researcher Tamlyn Monson with her collaborator Malte Gembus, published February 17th, 2023 in The Conversation.
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Ik sliep een nacht tussen de vluchtelingen bij het Klein Kasteeltje
Ik sliep een nacht tussen de vluchtelingen bij het Klein Kasteeltje
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Published April 28, 2023 on VRT News, written by Shila Anaraki.

Shila Anaraki en een vriend gingen als daad van protest een nacht in een tentje slapen tussen vluchtelingen bij het Klein Kasteeltje langs het kanaal in Brussel. Ze kregen een warm onthaal, maar zijn geschokt, schrijft Anaraki, over de erbarmelijke opvang van deze mannen en “het koude en lawaaierige stadskamperen” dat ze noodgedwongen ondergaan.

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Ik sliep een nacht tussen de vluchtelingen bij het Klein Kasteeltje
Ik sliep een nacht tussen de vluchtelingen bij het Klein Kasteeltje
Opinion published on VRT News Online. Shila Anaraki en een vriend gingen als daad van protest een nacht in een tentje slapen tussen vluchtelingen bij het Klein Kasteeltje langs het kanaal in Brussel. Ze kregen een warm onthaal, maar zijn geschokt, schrijft Anaraki, over de erbarmelijke opvang van deze mannen en "het koude en lawaaierige stadskamperen" dat ze noodgedwongen ondergaan.
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“The Mediterranean has become a wet cemetery, we will not get used to another slaughterhouse”
"The Mediterranean has become a wet cemetery, we will not get used to another slaughterhouse"
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Published 28/1/2023 on Stonisi.

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“The Mediterranean has become a wet cemetery, we will not get used to another slaughterhouse”
"The Mediterranean has become a wet cemetery, we will not get used to another slaughterhouse"
Press coverage of a talk given by Aimilia Voulvouli at the discussion organized by the local branch of the Greek Communist Youth at the University of the Aegean on February 3, 2023. The talk discused the arrival infrastructures of newcomers in Karditsa, based on her fieldwork in the framework of ReROOT.
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Could we coexist with refugees like Karditsa?
Could we coexist with refugees like Karditsa?
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Published 2/16/2023 on Stonisi, Written by ANTHI PAZIANOU

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Could we coexist with refugees like Karditsa?
Could we coexist with refugees like Karditsa?
ReROOT researchers Aimilia Voulvouli gives an interview to the radio station Sto Nisi (stonisi.gr) about the arrival infrastructures of newcomers in Karditsa (GR) as witnessed during her fieldwork in the framework of the ReRoot project.
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Aktion 400 Stühle: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungsund Teilhabebenachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
Aktion 400 Stühle: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungsund Teilhabebenachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
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Published January 1, 2023 on VMDO
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Aktion 400 Stühle: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungsund Teilhabebenachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
Aktion 400 Stühle: Gemeinsam gegen Bildungsund Teilhabebenachteiligung in der Nordstadt!
Announcement of the 400 chairs event in the newspaper of an umbrella association of migrants' associations, one of the site actions as part of ReROOT WP4 platform building research.
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De brand bij MolenGeek moet een wake-up call zijn
De brand bij MolenGeek moet een wake-up call zijn
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Recently, undocumented people have been sleeping under the shelter of ReROOT Project partner MolenGeek’s building. Their mattresses were set on fire. This was reason enough for some ReROOT members + Thomas Swerts
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De brand bij MolenGeek moet een wake-up call zijn
De brand bij MolenGeek moet een wake-up call zijn
Recently, undocumented people have been sleeping under the shelter of ReROOT Project partner MolenGeek's building. Their mattresses were set on fire. This was reason enough for some ReROOT members + Thomas Swerts to write an opinion piece in De Morgen.
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