Drawing the Camp: Graphic Essay of Community Organising, Local Aid and ‘Refugee Humanitarianism’ in Irbid Refugee Camp

Displaced communities – whether long-time residents of camps and urban areas, or newly arrived refugees – are also often hosts, offering support to fellow refugees through community-led initiatives, or simple acts of everyday hospitality. This ‘refugee-refugee humanitarianism’ disrupts mainstream humanitarian narratives, which typically frame displaced peoples as passive recipients of aid. In order to challenge…

Women as hybrid hosts: Challenging the myth of host communities

The term ‘host’ is widely used but often unquestioned in relation to it’s meaning in displacement and migration discourse and practice. ‘Hosts’ are often assumed to be the long established communities in to which refugees arrive, and yet, as we have been exploring in Refugee Hosts, this is not always the case. In this blog,…

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…

Representations of displacement

One of our project’s aims has been to disrupt mainstream humanitarian narratives which have traditionally represented, and therefore constituted, refugees as individual suffering victims, passive recipients of aid and/or as unique ‘ideal’ refugees who are truly worthy of international sympathy, assistance, and protection. By disrupting these and other established narratives and representational strategies, we have ultimately aimed to document, trace…

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…

Supporting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in Germany: a story of hope and contradiction

Queer refugees and queer refugee-led organisations are key actors supporting other queer refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, offering hospitality and solidarity and challenging homophobia, transphobia and anti-refugee attitudes. This LGBT+ History Month, Refugee Hosts Project Coordinator and ESRC-funded PhD candidate Aydan Greatrick, explores the challenges that queer refugees and support organisations have faced in Germany…

Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discusses Refugee Hosts research on BBC Radio 3

At 10pm, on the 18th of June 2020, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discusses Refugee Hosts on BBC Radio 3. The programme marks Refugee Week 2020 and highlights Refugee Hosts’ interdisciplinary approach to understanding local experiences of and responses to displacement, which is also featured in the Imperial War Museum London exhibition ‘Refugee: Forced to Flee.’ To…

Developmentalising Humanitarian Space: Questioning the value of development approaches to protracted displacement

Can ‘development approaches’ in response to forced displacement work without a focus on refugee rights? In this post, Katharina Schmidt examines programmes, such as the Cash for Work (CfW) programme and humanitarian Water, Shelter and Hygiene (WASH) programmes, developed in Jordan following the Compact agreement of 2016. These programmes are designed to facilitate refugees’ independence…