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 displaced person’s 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 policymakers 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,

Faith Partnerships Advisor,

Islamic Relief Worldwide


JLI Refugees & Local Faith Communities BriefHub Progress


In 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. Dr Olivia Wilkinson led the study with Joey Ager. Click here to read the first scoping study brief and scoping report.


In 2018, the JLI Refugee Hub Members:

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. Also translated into French and Arabic

Policy Brief: Faith actors and the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees Resource Brief
Resource Brief: Faith Actors and the Implementation of The Global Compact on Refugees

 Luce funded ‘Making Research-informed impact in Global Policy Processes

More details here

Current hub work

  • See the Terms of Reference for member expectations and Concept Note general hub information.
  • The JLI Refugee Hub is finalizing part two of the Scoping Study: places and spaces within the migration journey
  • Join the hub to stay up to date or contact Stacy Nam- stacynam@jliflc.com for more information