Dr Anna Rowlands: New report launched in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Service

On 27th June 2019 a new report, ‘For our welfare and not for our harm’,  written by Refugee Hosts’ Co-Investigator Dr Anna Rowlands in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service, was launched. The report was the culmination of almost two years of collaboration and ‘meaning-making’ with refugees and the people who work with refugees, and highlights how the current asylum system is…

Listen: Refugee Hosts’ Co. I, Dr. Anna Rowlands, on BBC Radio 4, Immigration & Religion: A Sunday Programme Special

Listen to Refugee Hosts’ Co.I, Dr. Anna Rowlands, on BBC Radio 4’s Immigration and Religion: A Sunday Programme Special. In her contribution to this BBC Radio 4 programme, Dr. Rowlands discusses the impact of immigration on public and political debate and argues that, with regard to current attitudes and responses to migration, we are paying the price for a political…

Hannah Arendt: On Displacement and Political Judgement

In this new piece, Refugee Hosts’ Co-Investigator Dr. Anna Rowlands reflects on the ways in which Hannah Arendt can help us better understand local community responses to displacement. In the context of our Refugee Hosts project, such a reflection leads us to ask: How can we collectively work towards promoting modes of governance, responsibility and…

‘Without Exception’: Reflections on the Refugee Hosts Conference

On the 25th and 26th of October 2019, Refugee Hosts’ International Conference, ‘Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement’ sold out to an international audience who joined us both in person and via live stream. Here we mark the conversations that took place and invite further conversations relating to ‘without exception’, a…

Faith and displacement

Faith has emerged throughout the research as a significant motivating factor in responses to displacement, and a key source of assistance and strength for those experiencing displacement. These findings challenge prevailing understandings of faith as a potentially problematic and dividing factor in humanitarian contexts, instead highlighting the many positive roles that faith, faith-based organisations and local faith communities play in displacement…

Impact

Our findings have been used to inform public understanding of local community responses to displacement. This has had a variety of societal benefits, enhancing diverse audiences’ understanding of and engagement with situations of displacement in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. This has been achieved through a variety of forums, including the project website and blog, direct…

Listen: Refugee Hosts’ PI and Co-I respond to Government’s proposed ‘overhaul’ of UK’s asylum system

Refugee Hosts’ PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Co-I, Dr. Anna Rowlands have appeared on BBC 5 Live and LBC respectively, responding to the Governments’ proposed overhaul of the UK’s asylum system. In her interview on BBC 5 Live’s Drive programme, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discussed the UK’s long history of preventing refugees from seeking asylum and of…

‘Without Exception’ – One Year On: Refugee Hosts’ International Conference

On the 25th and 26th of October 2019, Refugee Hosts’ International Conference, ‘Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement’ sold out to an international audience who joined us both in person and via live stream. Here we mark the conversations that took place and invite further conversations relating to ‘without exception’, a…