A Successful Alternative to Refugee Camps: A Greek Squat Shames the EU and NGOs

In light of the limited hospitality offered to refugees and asylum seekers by European states,  local communities, volunteers, faith groups and activists have often acted as key providers of support and solidarity. In this piece, Zareena Grewal (Yale University) demonstrates the important role such local initiatives are playing in Athens and Lesbos, including in spaces such … Continue reading A Successful Alternative to Refugee Camps: A Greek Squat Shames the EU and NGOs

Local Communities and the Localisation of Aid Agenda: Series Introduction

Local Communities and Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda Series Introduction by Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI and UCL In recent years, and especially since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the ‘localisation of aid agenda’ has become prominent in discussions about responses to displacement. This agenda starts by recognising that ‘local actors’ play key … Continue reading Local Communities and the Localisation of Aid Agenda: Series Introduction

Humanitarian access and the role of local organisations

As the formal humanitarian sector works to develop more meaningful partnerships with local organisations and communities, there is a need for international organisations to take a step back. As Eva Svoboda argues in this piece, this is because it is often local organisations and communities that have the access and networks to meet the needs … Continue reading Humanitarian access and the role of local organisations

New Blog Series: Contextualising the Localisation of Aid

Call for Submissions: Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda (January 15th-March 25th) This call for submissions invites contributions that add to on-going debates about the ‘localisation of aid agenda’, encouraging in particular pieces that help to conceptualise and contextualise ‘the local’ in the context of responses to displacement in the global South: How is ‘the … Continue reading New Blog Series: Contextualising the Localisation of Aid

Widowhood, Displacement and Friendships in Jordan

How do shared experiences of widowhood inform a sense of self and community among Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in Jordan? In this piece, Dina Zbeidy explores every-day lives in displacement, refugee-refugee relations, self-representation and spaces of refuge in Wihdat, a Palestinian camp east of Amman. In particular, she highlights the important social role that community spaces … Continue reading Widowhood, Displacement and Friendships in Jordan

Thinking Through the Concept of ‘Welcoming’

In this piece, Katharine T. Weatherhead reflects on the discursive implications of the term 'welcoming' when used in refugee-related research. In particular, she asks: does the term enable nuanced engagement with displacement as a series of overlapping, relational encounters, in turn disrupting traditional representations that depict refugees as a vulnerable 'burdens', and hosts as active … Continue reading Thinking Through the Concept of ‘Welcoming’

Summer Newsletter

Our Summer newsletter is now available to view online. This issue highlights our activities over the summer, as well as our recent Faith and Displacement series, which you can read in full on our website. Please follow the link below for important project updates, including blog highlights and information on recent and forthcoming events: Newsletter … Continue reading Summer Newsletter

Athens and the Struggle for a Mobile Commons

In this piece, Tahir Zaman reflects on how new models of citizenship are up-ending the myopia of state-centric responses to displacement. In Athens, a 'mobile commons' is opening up, defined by sharing, solidarity and resistance to a state whose priorities reflect more the interests of international capital than the needs of both refugees and hosts … Continue reading Athens and the Struggle for a Mobile Commons

Seeking Evidence to Provide Protection: How Can Local Faith Communities Support Refugees?

We need more nuanced evidence to help policymakers and practitioners better understand the roles that faith-based actors already play, and have the potential to play, in supporting refugees and forced migrants. Summarising existing evidence and key remaining questions presented in a policy note issued by our project partner the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & … Continue reading Seeking Evidence to Provide Protection: How Can Local Faith Communities Support Refugees?

Engaging with Faith Values to Reshape Responses to Forced Migration

In this piece, Sadia Kidwai of Islamic Relief argues that greater engagement with local faith communities by international humanitarian organisations will allow for more sustainable responses to global forced migration to be identified and implimented. This is an area which is being examined by the JLI Hub on Refugees and Forced Migration, of which Sadia is a Co-Chair, … Continue reading Engaging with Faith Values to Reshape Responses to Forced Migration