Hamburg, a city of the water

Hamburg is a beautiful city. It’s a city as much defined by the glistening Elbe and impressive architecture as its football clubs and peeling stickers. A city where you’re more likely to see the flags of local football teams St Pauli or HSV than the national flag. But it’s also a city which is a…

The Rough Sleeping Strategy’s Blindspot…

On Monday (13th August), the UK Government announced the publication of a new Rough Sleeping Strategy, one piece of a wider set of proposals aiming to half rough sleeping by 2022, and end it completely by 2027. Despite significant coverage in the morning media, the publication of the full strategy was delayed until the early…

Navigating as a newcomer…

I’ve been making an unreasonable number of notes over the last few weeks, scouring the internet for information about the asylum system in Germany and the Netherlands, and trying to understand how cities like Hamburg and Amsterdam understand and organise housing for people seeking refugee protection. There’s definitely lots out there, but the main thing…