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. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to present on ‘Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement’

On January 21st 2021 at 17.30pm (GMT), Refugee Hosts' PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, delivered “Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement” for the Mellon Sawyer series: 'Humanitarians. Migrations and Care through the Global South' hosted by the Simpson Center, University of Washington. Her presentation was followed by a graduate seminar on Jan 22nd, in…

A System of Profiteering: Outsourcing the Asylum Interview Process

Allegations of ‘gross maladministration’ and human rights abuses exist alongside ‘staggering’ profit margins for private companies brought in to manage the UK’s immigration and VISA systems. In this post, Bethany Morris, a content writer for the UK's Immigration Advice Service, lays bare the UK Government’s policy to prioritise profit over people and the multiple problems…

“Writing the Camp” – Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s new poetry collection named The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation

We are delighted to announce that Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetry collection, "Writing the Camp", will be released on the 28th February 2021 (published by Broken Sleep Books), and has been selected as The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation. The collection is available to pre-order here. Praise for Writing the Camp: “Yousif M.…

Refugee Hosts at the Imperial War Museum – discomfort, resistance, hope.

The Imperial War Museum's (IWM) exhibition, Refugees-Forced to Flee, provides us with an opportunity to reimagine dominant concepts and aspects of war, including displacement, refugee camps, refugees and humanitarian response. In this post, Sorcha Daly, Refugee Hosts' Communications Coordinator, reflects on Refugee Hosts' contribution, along with a number of other videos from the exhibition, available…

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…

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…

‘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…

Queer Russian asylum seekers in Germany: Worthy refugees and acceptable forms of harm?

Western states are often represented as safe-havens for refugees fleeing gender and sexuality-based persecution. However, all too often the credibility of the latter's testimony hinges on their adhering to specific stereotypes of 'worthy' refugees experiencing particular forms of harm. In this post, Prof. Richard Mole provides an extract from his chapter (pp 273-288) in the…

Refugee Hosts’ Research challenges perceptions at new IWM exhibition exploring 100 years of refugee experiences

Refugee Hosts' project is part of a major new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London from the 24th of September - 24th of May 2021. Refugees: Forced to Flee explores why people flee their homes and take certain items with them; how they make their journeys and find safety; and the challenges that can…