Purpose of the Hub

The Refugees and Forced Migration Hub will narrow the focus of enquiry about evidence for faith groups’ activities and contributions to community wellbeing to selected sub-topics. The hub brings together expert stakeholders in areas related to religion, faith, migration and refugees as well as practitioners, policy makers and academics.

The Refugees and Forced Migration Learning Hub is dedicated to collating and communicating evidence on the role of faith actors in responding to refugee and IDP needs, with a view to influencing policy and praxis. Over the coming years, the Hub will:

  • Conduct an in-depth Scoping Study to map existing best practice and challenges across a range of contexts
  • Begin addressing the evidence gaps and questions raised by the Scoping Study through collaboration with research projects, and by commissioning its own research
  • Widely disseminate evidence, learnings and recommendations to practitioners and policy makers for implementation

Refugee Hub Co-Chairs:

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Atallah Fitzgibbon
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh,

Associate Professor, Reader in Human Geography & Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit,        University College London

Atallah Fitzgibbon,

Policy and Strategy Manager,

Islamic Relief Worldwide


JLI Refugees & Local Faith Communities BriefIn 2017, the JLI Refugee Hub completed the first part of their scoping study focused on the role of local faith communities in urban displacement and localization. Click the brief (right) to read the first scoping study brief and scoping report.


The JLI Refugee Hub with Members also submitted recommendations to the Global Compact on Refugees Consultation process on working with local faith actors leads to a more coherent, joined up, and efficient response to benefit refugees. Recommendation on Local Faith Communities and the refugee response for Global Compact on Refugees Discussions (left)

With the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees, JLI Refugee Hub published a policy brief with accompanying resource brief that provides a reading list of articles related to faith, refugees, and the Global Compact

Faith actors and the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees


Current hub work



Faith-Related Global Compact Resources