The refugee crisis poses a major challenge for Europe, in which local governments are playing an increasingly central role. ‘Where states provide asylum, cities provide shelter’. Cities, however, show strikingly different responses. This is why Cities of Refuge explores and explicates the relevance of international human rights, as law, praxis and discourse, to how local governments in Europe welcome and integrate refugees.

The PhD candidates will work on three subprojects that all have a common timeframe, structure and set of sub questions. One researcher will conduct research in and on local governments in Italy and Greece as EU border countries, a second researcher will work on the Netherlands and Germany and a third on Turkey and Switzerland, two countries that are members of the Council of Europe but not of the EU.

Application deadline: June 1.

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