Drawing on the national reports of the correspondents of the European Observatory on Homelessness, the book provides a comparative analysis, identifying the commonalities and differences across fifteen member states of the EU. Specifically, the book assesses the impact of recent changes in European housing markets, especially their commodification and privatisation; examines how immigrants' vulnerability to homelessness is reflected in their legal status and explores the effect that growing numbers of migrants and their changing demographics have had on providers of homelessness services in Europe. Immigration and homelessness in Europe is essential reading for policy makers, service providers, social workers, researchers and students of housing and housing policy.
Bill Edgar is an academic consultant and honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. Joe Doherty is Professor of Geography at the University of St Andrews. Together they direct the Joint Centre for Scottish Housing Research. Henk Meert is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and Research Fellow of the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO). The three authors act as research coordinators for the European Observatory on Homelessness.
Introduction; Migration trends and control in the EU; The experience of migration; Immigrants and European housing markets; Migration and homelessness; Homeless services and immigration; Conclusion.