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Housing as a human right: where do we stand in Europe? The impact of COVID-19 and the implications for the reception of refugees
The fifth edition of the “Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe” by FEANTSA and the Foundation Abbé Pierre has been recently published and sheds fresh light on growing social inequalities in the Member States.

As tragic events like those of the Glasgow Park Inn hotel reminded us, the unprecedented health crisis we are going through has a dramatic impact on vulnerable people who are deprived of dignified, adequate housing. This includes the homeless, individuals facing housing exclusion, refugees, and asylum seekers. The proportion of people seeking asylum and under international protection among the homeless population has increased significantly over the last ten years, in all EU countries where data was available, including Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and France.

This webinar will be an occasion to present and discuss key highlights of this year’s edition of the Overview, which analyses EU reception and accommodation systems and the links between asylum and homelessness. Furthermore, Leilani Farha will reflect on the advances at European level of The Shift, the global movement to secure the human right to housing, while Simona Sordo will share concrete insights on Compagnia di San Paolo’s work on access to decent housing for refugees in Italy.

Speakers:
- Joint presentation by Sarah Coupechoux, Research Manager, Fondation Abbé Pierre and Chloé Serme-Morin, Partnership Officer - Coordinator Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)
- Leilani Farha, Global Director of The Shift and former United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing
- Simona Sordo, Living between home and land working group, Compagnia di San Paolo

Moderator:
- Jose Miguel Calatayud, journalist and project director at Arena for Journalism in Europe, where he leads the Arena Housing Project

Sep 14, 2020 03:00 PM in London

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