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Southern‐Led Faith‐based Responses to Refugees

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; Pacitto, J; (2019) Southern‐Led Faith‐based Responses to Refugees. In: Schewel, B and Wilson, E, (eds.) Religion and European Society: A Primer. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, USA.

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This chapter examines the relationship between faith‐based responses in the Global South and conceptualizations of humanitarianism, including through an analysis of the roles of faith and religion in responses developed by local faith‐based community groups supporting Syrian refugees in Amman, and Karen refugee evangelical humanitarian relief providers on the Thai‐Myanmar border. In the protracted Myanmar refugee situation, with over 100000 refugees living in refugee camps and settlements along the Thai‐Myanmar border since the 1980s, an extensive range of services, welfare, and relief is provided by Karen Christian refugees on both sides of the border. The majority of refugees worldwide are both from, and live in, Muslim‐majority countries, whose states and civil society groups alike often self‐identify as Muslim. The chapter argues that both explicit and implicit concerns regarding the potentially ideologically‐driven nature of Southern‐led regional, national, and local responses to displacement must be analysed with regards to religion.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Southern‐Led Faith‐based Responses to Refugees
ISBN-13: 9781119162766
DOI: 10.1002/9781119162766.ch13
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119162766.ch13
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: faith‐based responses, humanitarianism, local responses, Southern‐led regional responses, Syrian refugees, Thai‐Myanmar border
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10024642
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