As part of the Religion and Social Justice for Refugees Project, a partnership between the Refugee Hosts team and Yale University, this webinar focused on the implications of the findings of this interdisciplinary research for policy and practice.

The webinar was held on the 15th of September 2020 from 3.00 pm, BST and a recording of the presentations and discussions is available below:

Principal Investigators, Refugee Hosts’ Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Yale University’s Prof. Zareena Grewal provided an overview of the project, before Prof. Alastair Ager (Refugee Hosts’ Co-Investigator) discussed the projects key framing issues. Findings from a number of the project’s case studies were discussed by Prof. Zareena Grewal, Prof. Unni Krishnan Karunakara (Principal Investigator, Yale) and Prof. Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale). Lastly, Frank Fredericks, Executive Director of World Faith, facilitated a conversation on the project’s key findings and policy implications.

The webinar builds on the recommendations of the project policy brief, which you can read in full here.

The Religion and Social Justice for Refugees project is funded by the British Council-USA and The Henry Luce Foundation as part of the Bridging Voices programme. Through comparative research with and about refugees from and in Central America, Central Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and Western borderlands, the project has analysed the roles that local faith communities and faith based organisations (FBOs) play: in supporting refugees’ access to protection; lobbying for rights; and challenging xenophobia and discrimination against different groups of refugees.

In April 2020 the project launched its major research report, “Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Insights from Cameroon, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Mexico”.

You can read the report’s Executive Summary and watch Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discuss the project here.

You can read the full report here.

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