The ‘refugee crisis’, religion, and encounters with the divine through the human at Christmas

Whether you see it as truth, myth or folklore, the Christmas story is a powerful narrative in contemporary politics in multiple contexts. In the midst of fraught politics around refugees and immigration, refugee advocates often highlight that 'Jesus was a refugee', his family being forced to flee to Egypt shortly after his birth to escape King …

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Religious identity and the Refugee Crisis

  Today, 20 June, is World Refugee Day. The UNHCR released its annual Global Trends Report. For the first time in the organisation's history, global displacement has crossed the 60 million threshold, with a total of 65.3 million people displaced in 2015. That's 24 people every minute, or 1 in every 113 people.[1]   Last Thursday, 16 …

The Religious/Secular Divide and the Global Displacement Crisis

Today is World Refugee Day and if the numbers released by the UNHCR today tell us anything, more action and new approaches are urgently needed to address the needs of the rapidly growing globally displaced population. While religion is often consider marginal in discussions about the displacement crisis, in today’s post Erin Wilson argues that …

The UN Refugee Convention 60 Years On – Time to Rethink Approaches to Protection?

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Much has changed since the Convention was initially drafted, signed and ratified by states. Increasing globalization, more and more diverse causes of flight and situations requiring protection that often do not fit the …