‘Random Acts of Kindness’: Reflections on Everyday Responses to Displacement in Hamra

In this photo essay depicting areas of shared support in Hamra, Refugee Hosts’ researcher, Leonie Harsch, reflects on informal acts of charity or giving. These ‘random acts of kindness’, which enable a fluid transition between categories of refugee and host, migrant and local also explored by the Refugee Hosts project here and here, operate without…

The Tribulations, and Deportations, of Syrian Guests in Turkey

Almost 5,000 Syrian refugee have been deported from Turkey to the Idlib area of Syria, an area still experiencing intense shelling and where 86 people were killed in just one week in July. In this piece, Diane al-Mehdi draws on her research to describe ‘horrendous detention conditions’ and the ‘humiliating’ process of deportation and traces the…

Dr Anna Rowlands: New report launched in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Service

On 27th June 2019 a new report, 'For our welfare and not for our harm',  written by Refugee Hosts' Co-Investigator Dr Anna Rowlands in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service, was launched. The report was the culmination of almost two years of collaboration and 'meaning-making' with refugees and the people who work with refugees, and highlights how the current asylum system is…

Refugee Hosts and Yale: Religion and the Promotion of Social Justice for Refugees

On Friday 10th May, the Refugee Hosts' team is co-convening a workshop with colleagues from Yale, bringing our Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon and Jordan into conversation with research conducted by our Yale colleagues in Cameroon, Greece, Malaysia and Mexico as part of our British Council-funded Bridging Voices project. Jointly led by Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena…

Home-making and home-taking: living spaces for women refugees in Grande Synthe

'The 'politics of exhaustion', the continual denial of living space, serves to deny refugees’ physical and psychological wellbeing. In this piece, Frances Timberlake compares three recent temporary living spaces for refugees in Grande Synthe, Northern France. It analyses these temporary spaces based on the experiences of women who live(d) in them and reflects on ownership and…

Moving Objects Symposium and Exhibition Launch

The Refugee Hosts project is delighted to invite you to join us for the Moving Objects symposium and exhibition launch event on the 14th March at University College London. Both events will provide an opportunity to reflect on the exhibition, and our project's own work with displaced communities in Lebanon and Jordan, whose involvement is…

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…

Listen: Refugee Hosts’ Co-I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, on Thinking Allowed – BBC Radio 4

Refugee Hosts Co-I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, took part in BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series, discussing migrants and refugees with Laurie Taylor. Prof. Stonebridge discusses her new book, 'Placeless People', Writing, Rights and Refugees'  which examines how writers and political thinkers understood and wrote about refugees.  The book traces their work from the mid 20th…

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…

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…