Photo Gallery: Baddawi Camp

It is often assumed that refugees are vulnerable and passive people who are dependent upon the assistance provided by states, NGOs and citizens. In contrast, my on-going research is examining how established Palestinian refugees and their refugee camp homes are adapting and responding to the arrival of thousands of refugees from Syria. Amongst other things, this demonstrates the agency of refugees as both recipients and providers of support in complex displacement contexts.

Writing and Righting: a discussion about the importance of writing, literature and human rights

On Thursday 3rd December, from 6-8pm, Refugee Hosts’ Co I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge will join a distinguished panel of writers, academics and cultural commentators online to celebrate the publication of her new collection of essays, Writing and Righting (Oxford University Press). The book features poetry by Refugee Hosts’ Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, with the final … Continue reading Writing and Righting: a discussion about the importance of writing, literature and human rights

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

‘Refuge in a Moving World’ Book Published

We are delighted to announce that ‘Refuge in a Moving World – Tracing Refugee and Migrant Journeys Across Disciplines’, edited by Refugee Hosts Principal Investigator Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, has now been published. Click on the image below to access your free PDF copy of the volume. ‘Refuge in a Moving World: Tracing Refugee and Migrant … Continue reading ‘Refuge in a Moving World’ Book Published

The Bomb Shelter

The Bomb Shelter by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford, Refugee Hosts, and Imagining Futures The bomb shelter: The camp’s alibi for a presence susceptible to its presence The private parts of the dead, circumcised with hindsight Guts as road signs                                          Or a map Ruins summoning ruins             Ruins fornicating ruins In rows, they ululated. The bomb shelter? … Continue reading The Bomb Shelter

Refugee Hosts’ research in new training course on faith-sensitive humanitarian response

Refugee Hosts’ research and on-line materials have been included in a new e-course: ‘Faith-sensitive Humanitarian Response: Mental Health & Psychosocial Support.’ Launched on the 3rd of June 2020 by the Joint Learning Initiative, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief Worldwide and DCA Learning Lab, the course provides an introduction to faith-sensitive response in humanitarian emergencies. The course aims to … Continue reading Refugee Hosts’ research in new training course on faith-sensitive humanitarian response

‘The displacement virus is much stronger than the coronavirus’: Reflections from Burj el-Barajneh and Baqa’a Camps in Lebanon and Jordan

What roles do communal solidarity and sociality play in spaces such as the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan during the COVID-19 pandemic? This question is examined by Samar Maqusi, who draws on conversations with camp residents Abu Mohammad and Abu Ahmad, to reflect on the ‘socially conscious’ creativity developing and responding to the pandemic. … Continue reading ‘The displacement virus is much stronger than the coronavirus’: Reflections from Burj el-Barajneh and Baqa’a Camps in Lebanon and Jordan

Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Executive Summary

The Refugee Hosts project recently launched a new co-authored report titled “Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Insights from Cameroon, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Mexico”. This report identifies and examines the roles that faith plays in supporting social justice for refugees, situating the Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon and Jordan into conversation with research … Continue reading Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Executive Summary

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon amid Confinement, Health Scares and Escalating Needs

“We will not die from Coronavirus, but from hunger.” How do state and humanitarian policies further compound the risks that refugees are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic? In this post, Jasmin Lilian Diab examines UNHCR’s response to Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing and isolation policies on Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. Thus far, … Continue reading Syrian Refugees in Lebanon amid Confinement, Health Scares and Escalating Needs