Engaging with religion at the local level for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing following humanitarian crises

People affected by forced displacement and humanitarian disasters often consider that their psychosocial wellbeing and spiritual needs are as significant as their physical survival. Through supporting mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, religious communities, narratives, beliefs and practices can play an important role in supporting the abilities of individuals and communities to manage trauma and crises. … Continue reading Engaging with religion at the local level for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing following humanitarian crises

Expectations and the Politics of Resettlement: Colombian and Palestinian refugees in Chile and Brazil

How do different refugees living in protracted displacement imagine and negotiate processes of resettlement, one of the ‘durable solutions’ supposedly available for refugees (the others being ‘local integration’ and ‘repatriation’)? As explored in this piece by Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza, narratives of resettlement are used as tools of power, resistance and hope by and for … Continue reading Expectations and the Politics of Resettlement: Colombian and Palestinian refugees in Chile and Brazil

Community-sponsorship in the UK: breaking down barriers to diversity

Is private sponsorship a sustainable policy option for the resettlement of refugees?  In this piece Hannah Collins compares government-led resettlement programmes and private community sponsorship schemes (CSS) for displaced Syrian families resettled in the UK. Based on interviews with both host communities and Syrian families, Hannah reviews the schemes and examines both the positive aspects … Continue reading Community-sponsorship in the UK: breaking down barriers to diversity

The Third Voice and Third Eye in our Photo-Poetic Reflections

The Third Voice and Third Eye in our Photo-Poetic Reflections by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (University of Oxford) and Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts) A shared surname both reflects and itself has produced diverse forms of creative intimacies in a range of research and non-research encounters. In a series of photo-poetic reflections published as part of … Continue reading The Third Voice and Third Eye in our Photo-Poetic Reflections

Barriers to Localisation: Making the Invisible Visible

Despite international support for the 'Localisation of Aid' Agenda, working with 'the local' remains not only challenging, but also frustrating for many international organisations. As Kathleen Rutledge explains in this piece, this frustration stems from a variety of sources, from a sense that the local is frequently 'less professional', to a degree of mistrust about … Continue reading Barriers to Localisation: Making the Invisible Visible

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement: Temporalities, spatialities and materialities of displacement by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts In line with our project's Spaces and Places not Faces approach to representation, a key question arising in Refugee Hosts is how we can represent, and conceptualise, the 'field-sites' where we are conducting research. Through diverse media - … Continue reading Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement

An Update: ‘Data Collection and Analysis’

An Update: 'Data Collection and Analysis' by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI In November 2018, the Refugee Hosts team is starting to 'analyse’ the transcripts of circa 400 semi-structured interviews completed since autumn 2017 by our diversely positioned research teams in the Middle East and in the UK. A final set of interviews – … Continue reading An Update: ‘Data Collection and Analysis’

Reflections from the Field: Introduction to the Series

Reflections from the Field: Introduction to the Series by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI, UCL As part of our new Reflections from the Field blog series, we will be sharing vignettes from our team members’ ‘fieldnotes,’ extracts from interview transcripts, reflections from the participatory research workshops and creative writing workshops we have hosted in Lebanon … Continue reading Reflections from the Field: Introduction to the Series

Hospitality and Hostility towards Migrants: Global Perspectives—An Introduction

This piece reflects on diverse dynamics of hospitality and hostility towards migrants around the world and across different historical contexts, reflecting many of the complex and often contradictory nature of migratory encounters we are exploring in the Refugee Hosts project. Although hospitality and hostility are often closely interlinked, Dr. Mette Berg and Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. … Continue reading Hospitality and Hostility towards Migrants: Global Perspectives—An Introduction

In God We Trust: Faith communities as an asset to refugee youth in the United States

Faith plays a crucial role for many displaced people, providing spiritual sanctuary in contexts of overarching insecurity. Whether this comes in the form of organised, local level faith groups - such as those that may gather in mosques or churches - or in the stories and ceremonies of faith-based practices, faith can enable spiritual resilience … Continue reading In God We Trust: Faith communities as an asset to refugee youth in the United States