Urbanised migration: rethinking the dispersal process to help us find a progressive answer to refugee arrivals

There are complex social, political and economic reasons that explain why many asylum seekers and refugees travelling into Europe settle in major urban centres. For  refugees who arrive to
seek asylum, where they end up may be a matter of choice or a result of other factors: a link with friends or family; a paid transaction with a smuggler; or a governmental dispersal process.
In this paper we analyse how governmental dispersal processes are used by some European states to move asylum seekers to designated spaces, and why this is often problematic for the settlement and integration of newly arrived communities…(continue)