Refugee Hosts’ team take lead on new Oxford Handbook on Religion and Contemporary Migration

Refugee Hosts is delighted to announce that two of its researchers, Dr Anna Rowlands (Durham University) and Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL) will be editing the new Oxford Handbook on Religion and Contemporary Migration due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. The editors write: This Handbook will add a timely religious, philosophical and theological … Continue reading Refugee Hosts’ team take lead on new Oxford Handbook on Religion and Contemporary Migration

The importance of identity – reflections from fieldwork in Hamra, Beirut

‘There can be no question that the background of the researcher affects what and whom s/he can access for research purposes’  argues local Refugee Hosts researcher, Bayan Itani as she reflects on her experiences of completing fieldwork in the local neighbourhood of Hamra, in the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut. Itani reflects on how her own … Continue reading The importance of identity – reflections from fieldwork in Hamra, Beirut

Three ways that Religion Matters in Responses to Refugees

How and why does religion matter in response to forced migration? On Friday 10th May 2019 the Refugee Hosts’ team co-convened a workshop with colleagues from Yale, as part of our British Council-funded Bridging Voices project, to examine the role of religion in forced displacement. The Bridging Voices project, and our recent workshop, brings our Refugee Hosts … Continue reading Three ways that Religion Matters in Responses to Refugees

Listen: Refugee Hosts’ Co. I, Dr. Anna Rowlands, on BBC Radio 4, Immigration & Religion: A Sunday Programme Special

Listen to Refugee Hosts' Co.I, Dr. Anna Rowlands, on BBC Radio 4's Immigration and Religion: A Sunday Programme Special. In her contribution to this BBC Radio 4 programme, Dr. Rowlands discusses the impact of immigration on public and political debate and argues that, with regard to current attitudes and responses to migration, we are paying the price for a political … Continue reading Listen: Refugee Hosts’ Co. I, Dr. Anna Rowlands, on BBC Radio 4, Immigration & Religion: A Sunday Programme Special

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

Flesh when mutilated called God

Flesh when mutilated called God By Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Time is God’s journey to his shadow. An incomplete sentence is the place. In the non-occurrence of birth, aborting the camp becomes the only possibility. Might the dialects be the place that will be? The hole is … Continue reading Flesh when mutilated called God

New Project: The Roles of Faith and Local Faith Communities in Supporting Refugees

Refugee Hosts is delighted to announce the launch of a new project, led by our project partner, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities Refugee Hub, in collaboration with UNHCR, Islamic Relief Worldwide and University College London. The project, made possible by generous funding from the European Commission Department for International Cooperation and Development, is … Continue reading New Project: The Roles of Faith and Local Faith Communities in Supporting Refugees

Turkey – Crossroads for the Displaced

The conflict in Syria has entered its seventh year. In this time, millions of refugees from Syria have travelled through - or have become stuck in - Turkey, a country that has in turn been shaped by recent political flux. From this position, refugees from Syria - and the NGOs, faith groups and agencies that seek … Continue reading Turkey – Crossroads for the Displaced

How to Overcome Religious Prejudice among Refugees

Religious tensions between diverse refugee communities in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon present challenges to those affected by displacement, exposing some to faith-based discrimination. In other instances, (perceived) markers of religious identity expose refugees to discrimination, both from state officials, and members of the host community too. However, as Kat Eghdamian (UCL) argues in this piece (originally … Continue reading How to Overcome Religious Prejudice among Refugees

When Local Faith Actors Meet Localisation

Efforts to bring local faith actors (LFAs) into the wider humanitarian apparatus have been a key aim of the localisation of aid agenda. In this piece, Olivia Wilkinson (Director of Research of Refugee Hosts' research partner, the Joint Learning Initiative on Local Faith Communities) argues that there is a need to ensure that such engagements provide space … Continue reading When Local Faith Actors Meet Localisation