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BUILDING A FUTURE TOGETHER

Amsterdam werkt voor iedereen

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EAT TO MEET Amsterdam has welcomed many newcomers, people who fled their own country and who have found a safe new home in our city. Eat to Meet is a monthly informal network dinner hosted by Pakhuis de Zwijger where old and new Amsterdammers can meet each other, share their stories, and laugh.

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>> Research has shown that refugees’ and newcomers’

experiences during their first years of residence in a new country are crucial for their future integration into society. Indeed, the work of Onderweg allows space for mutual exchange and diversity, focusing on the participation of new and old inhabitants of the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood, while communityled housing projects like Startblok Riekerhaven provide a model that can be a valuable tool in providing affordable housing. Startblok Riekershaven’s temporary model could potentially lead to new, sustainable, inclusive and diversity-based cohousing models.

It is therefore urgent that housing corporations, local authorities and the municipality support divergent, long-term, inclusive and sustainable housing strategies, characterised by innovation and integrated collaboration. Integrating bottom-up initiatives such as in-between spaces into long-term housing solutions is a vital addition to the process of building a future together. ••

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Katayoun Arian freelance curator and writer

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