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

Drawing the Camp: Graphic Essay of Community Organising, Local Aid and ‘Refugee Humanitarianism’ in Irbid Refugee Camp

Displaced communities - whether long-time residents of camps and urban areas, or newly arrived refugees - are also often hosts, offering support to fellow refugees through community-led initiatives, or simple acts of everyday hospitality. This 'refugee-refugee humanitarianism' disrupts mainstream humanitarian narratives, which typically frame displaced peoples as passive recipients of aid. In order to challenge … Continue reading Drawing the Camp: Graphic Essay of Community Organising, Local Aid and ‘Refugee Humanitarianism’ in Irbid Refugee Camp

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

UNHCR-NGO Consultations in Geneva, 28-29 June

On June 28 and 29, Refugee Hosts PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL) and Co-I Prof Alastair Ager (Queen Margaret University) will be presenting findings from their research at the UNHCR-NGO Consultations 2018 in Geneva. Elena and Alastair will be sharing insights from their long-standing research into the roles played by local communities in supporting refugees … Continue reading UNHCR-NGO Consultations in Geneva, 28-29 June

The Localisation of Aid and Southern-led Responses to Displacement

The Localisation of Aid and Southern-led Responses to Displacement: Beyond instrumentalising local actors By Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI and UCL Displacement is primarily a ‘Southern’ phenomenon, with around 90% of all refugees having fled from one country in the global South to another Southern state, through processes of South-South migration. It is equally the … Continue reading The Localisation of Aid and Southern-led Responses to Displacement

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

Belgian Refugees in Glasgow: Local Faith Communities, Hosting and the Great War

In this article Kieran Taylor reflects upon his research into Glasgow’s response to Belgian refugees within Scotland during the Great War. The article considers the role played by local government and faith groups in assisting refugees, offering a key historical perspective on some of the themes we are exploring through our Refugee Hosts research project. … Continue reading Belgian Refugees in Glasgow: Local Faith Communities, Hosting and the Great War

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