‘The displacement virus is much stronger than the coronavirus’: Reflections from Burj el-Barajneh and Baqa’a Camps in Lebanon and Jordan

What roles do communal solidarity and sociality play in spaces such as the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan during the COVID-19 pandemic? This question is examined by Samar Maqusi, who draws on conversations with camp residents Abu Mohammad and Abu Ahmad, to reflect on the 'socially conscious' creativity developing and responding to the pandemic. … Continue reading ‘The displacement virus is much stronger than the coronavirus’: Reflections from Burj el-Barajneh and Baqa’a Camps in Lebanon and Jordan

Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Executive Summary

The Refugee Hosts project recently launched a new co-authored report titled “Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Insights from Cameroon, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Mexico”. This report identifies and examines the roles that faith plays in supporting social justice for refugees, situating the Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon and Jordan into conversation with research … Continue reading Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Executive Summary

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon amid Confinement, Health Scares and Escalating Needs

“We will not die from Coronavirus, but from hunger.” How do state and humanitarian policies further compound the risks that refugees are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic? In this post, Jasmin Lilian Diab examines UNHCR’s response to Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing and isolation policies on Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. Thus far, … Continue reading Syrian Refugees in Lebanon amid Confinement, Health Scares and Escalating Needs

Refugee-led Local Responses in the Time of COVID-19: Preliminary reflections from North Lebanon

Refugee-led Local Responses in the Time of COVID-19: Preliminary reflections from North Lebanon by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, PI of Refugee Hosts, UCL How can we, and why should we, write about a deadly pandemic which is further compounding the vulnerabilities of millions of people whose lives and wellbeing have long been shattered by protracted conflict … Continue reading Refugee-led Local Responses in the Time of COVID-19: Preliminary reflections from North Lebanon

Models for Refugee Governance – Legal, political and institutional responses in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

This blog post is an extract from Zeynep Sahin’s book ‘Refugee Governance, State and Politics in the Middle East’ published in December 2018. The book examines the patterns of legal, political and institutional responses to large-scale Syrian forced migration and how Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, three of the world’s top refugee hosting countries, responded to … Continue reading Models for Refugee Governance – Legal, political and institutional responses in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries

This presentation was given by Tamirace Fakhoury at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation explored how Lebanon’s formal and informal actors, namely government agencies, political parties and representatives of local communities, have negotiated on the issue of Syrian refugee return. Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries by Tamirace Fakhoury, Lebanese American University This presentation unpacked … Continue reading Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries

The Borderlines of Empathy

This presentation was given by Bayan Itani at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation addressed empathy as a common motivation for supporting Syrian refugees. In so doing, it questions the ‘borderlines’ of empathy, and the reasons behind its decline, within the context of people from Syria seeking refuge in Lebanon. The borderlines of empathy by … Continue reading The Borderlines of Empathy

“Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

‘Have I been “staring too hard” at my participants’ displacement, neglecting other aspects of their lives?’ In this blog post Wen-Yu Wu reflects on some of the ethical dilemmas and feelings of guilt experienced during her research with displaced Syrian students in Lebanon and Jordan. As a recipient of a ‘Global Challenges’ Scholarship from the … Continue reading “Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

“About a War” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Refugee Hosts present a free film screening of "About a War", a feature documentary that explores violence and social change through the testimonies of ex-fighters from the Lebanese Civil War. The event will include an opportunity to take part in a panel discussion with film Directors, Daniele Rugo and Abi Weaver, and Refugee Hosts Principal Investigator, Prof. Elena … Continue reading “About a War” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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