Refugee Hosts at ‘History of Refugees’ Conference

On the 23rd November 2020 Refugee Hosts’ Co-ordinator, Aydan Greatrick and Co. I. Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge took part in the ‘History of Refugees’ conference hosted by SolidariTee. Diverse motivations shape contemporary responses to refugees, yet the role of history is often overlooked. Aydan Greatrick’s and Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge’s talk, ‘Refugee Hosting Across Time,’ sought to…

Sustaining protracted displacements: A brief history of labor policy for Jordan’s refugees

This piece problematizes dominant conceptualisations of refugees in Jordan both as passive victims dependent on aid and as migrants who are ‘interchangeable’ within the Jordanian labour market. Specifically, Aaron Steinberg examines and problematizes the impact of the Jordan Compact, an international agreement ostensibly providing paths to employment for Syrian refugees in Jordan. However, as Steinberg…

Literature and displacement

The Refugee Hosts research project aimed to re-frame debates surrounding ‘humanitarian narratives’ which frequently result in the silencing of refugee experiences and the framing of refugees as suffering victims. In the context of conflict-induced displacement from Syria, these narratives have acted as a barrier to understanding refugee communities; how people with displacement backgrounds themselves respond to protect their…

Overlapping displacements

The project has documented and analysed the significant role that ‘overlapping displacements’ (see Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2016 and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Qasmiyeh, 2017) play in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Local communities responding to displacement in all three countries are also responding to long-standing and historic processes of displacement and exile, arising both from internal displacement, but also from the international displacement of Palestinians, Kurds, Iraqis…

Local responses

In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, local communities, including refugees, have been identified as not only recipients of support but also as key providers of humanitarian and other material, spiritual and emotional forms of assistance, including through what the project’s Principal Investigator Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has termed ‘refugee-refugee humanitarianism‘. This finding makes a critical contribution to…

Gallery

Photography has played a key role throughout the Refugee Hosts project, not only ‘documenting’ (or ‘archiving’) the dynamics taking place across the camps, cities and towns in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey where we have been conducting research, but also as a means of reflecting on the process of research itself. Many of these images have…

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…

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to present at Yale on ‘Refugee-led Responses to Overlapping Precarity: Views from North Lebanon’

In this seminar, part of the Yale PRFDHR Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Series, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh traced the different ways that residents of Baddawi refugee camp in North Lebanon have been affected by COVID-19 since March 2020, and how they have been responding to protect themselves and other conflict-affected people in the midst of the pandemic.…