JLI Refugees & Forced Migration Learning Hub Meeting: 5/2/17 – 8:30am ET

Attendees: Maya Assaf (World Vision International), Tariq (Islamic Relief USA), Olivia Wilkinson (Trinity), Sadia Kidwai (Islamic Relief Worldwide), Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL), Suzie Lahoud (Merath-LSESD), Beth Frank (Church World Service), Claire Lamont (UNHCR), Jim Kuh(Catholic Charities), Susanna Trotta (Refugee Hosts-UCL), Isobel Owen (Anglican Alliance); Jean Duff & Stacy Nam (JLI)

RFM Hub co-chairs: Sadia Kidwai and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Attached you will find an a request for information.

Key Actions are:
  • JLI Refugees and Forced Migration Hub Scoping Report – Call for Information
    • Relevant materials and references (organizational or other)
    • Case Studies (about one page- template in attachment)
    • Interviews (participate or share contacts)

Please widely disseminate to your networks (see link). Request to Hub MembersPlease send any of the above via email to [email protected]. If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same address

Next Meeting: July 2017

Meeting Summary

*note some meeting notes condensed for space- click down arrow for full description
Member Updates

Literature review

Call for case studies (Please disseminate attached call for case studies at the link Request to Hub Members)

We have gathered literature from academic and aid work repositories, but we now turn to the Hub members to “fill in the gaps.” We are particularly interested in any examples that illustrate dynamics around religion, refugees, and IDPs. We seek to learn more about these examples through three methods:

  • We invite you to submit relevant materials and references. This is to ensure that we have all the main material covered. This can include a diverse range of documentation from the grey literature: research reports, web links, press releases, policy briefs etc. Please use the form on page 2 to submit references.
  • We invite you to submit case studies. A case study is a specific example of work from your organization or one of your partner organisations that highlights the role of religion and/or local faith communities in refugee response. Case
  • We invite you to
    1. participate in an interview
    2. recommend contacts for interviews

Interviews can be in place of a case study, as specific cases can be discussed during the interview.

Initial coding of the broad themes represented in the literature on religion and refugees shows the following:[1]

Areas that are very well documented:
·       Christianity (56 docs) ·       North America (US & Canada – 48 docs)
·       Islam (41 docs) ·       Sub-Saharan Africa (36 docs)
·       MENA (36 docs. Iraq [10] and Syria [8] make up half.) ·       Psychosocial (broadly includes faith as a coping mechanism, resilience, mental health, psychology, trauma, and well-being – 25 docs)


Areas that are relatively well documented (fewer than 20 docs):
·       Critiques/negatives/barriers/challenges (15 docs) ·       Gender aspects (14 docs)
·       Southeast Asia (13 docs. Mostly Myanmar – 8 docs ·       South Asia (12 docs)
·       Urban focus (10 docs ·       Sanctuary (9 docs)
·       Children (9 docs) ·       UK (7 docs)


Areas that are not well documented (5 docs and fewer):
·       Latin America ·       Religions other than Christianity and Islam
·       Camps ·       Deportation
·       Detention ·       Transit/journeys
·       Smuggling/trafficking ·       Media
·       Security and immigration officials ·       Involuntary immobility and stuckedness
·       Non-arrival (dignity in/after death)


Many thanks for having agreed to share your insights and examples with us. Please return the following forms via email to [email protected]. If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same address.

[1] These numbers are correct as of 14 March 2017, but are not definitive and will change as and when other documents are added.


Case Study Template

A case study should be about 1-2 pages, although you can attach any pictures/graphs/infographics on further pages. We envisage that cases might cover the following types of examples:

  • Examples of local faith communities/FBOs working with refugees, IDPs, and forced migrants. How have LFCs utilised their assets/networks/social capital/volunteer force to plan and implement their responses to refugees and forced migrants?
  • Examples of partnerships between local faith communities and the wider refugee response community. When do partnerships form and when do they not form? Are their instances of best practices for forming partnerships with local faith communities for refugee response?


A case study would broadly include the following:

  • Define how your organisation understands the terms refugees, IDPs, and forced migration as relevant to the focus of the case
  • Give a brief overview of the case study context (e.g. region, dates, principal actors, reasons for forced migration, estimated numbers)
  • Give a brief overview of the program/project/organisation/partnership that is the focus of the case study
  • Review the opportunities and challenges of local faith community work/partnerships with refugees and forced migrants in this case
  • Give examples of best practices and offer recommendations


Interview Contact Recommendation Form

If you are happy to be interviewed for the research, please send us an email. If you would like to suggest other contacts, please either copy us into an email to them or complete the table below.

Please copy and paste this table if you would like to recommend more than one contact. The contact information will not be shared with other organisations or other JLI hubs.



Please indicate any specific materials (grey literature, publications, weblinks, etc.) which you consider provide key insights into the ways in which religion affects refugee response, such as the role of local faith communities in response. We would ask that you complete as many boxes as possible by typing a reference directly into the relevant space – the reference can be to an existing publication, or to a separate word or PDF document which you or your colleagues will attach via email.

1. Own organisation/agency




2. Partner organisation/agency




3. Other organisation/agency





Example of Scoping from Resilience Hub


Relevant Events 

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