1 May 2018

The meaning of sport activities for refugees living in a reception centre

EK Damesvoetbal 2017

The integration of refugees in Dutch society is a societal relevant issue.Therefore, last year Sport & Society launched a call to do research into the meaning of sport for refugees in the Netherlands.

Maikel Waardenburg, Margot Visschers, Ineke Deelen and Ilse van Liempt connected this issue with the theoretical concept of liminal spaces.

Recently their article was published in the International Review for Sociology of Sport, in which they argue that liminal spaces constrain the organisation of sport activities and its possibilities for realising sport’s ascribed positive spill-overs, such as increasing feelings of belonging.