Faithfully Providing Refuge: The Role of Religious Organizations in Refugee Assistance and Advocacy (Working Paper #115)

Stephanie J. Nawyn, University of California – San Diego

Abstract: The majority of voluntary agencies that resettle refugees in the U.S. are faith-based organizations. Although the federal government prohibits resettlement agencies from spending federal dollars on religious activities, faith-based resettlement agencies still find ways to incorporate religion in their organizational activities and to mobilize religious resources for refugee rights and services. Based on research with 36 refugee resettlement and assistance organizations in four cities, this paper explores the ways in which religious discourse and religious networks are incorporated in refugee resettlement and will also suggest possibilities for expanding the role of religion in advocating for greater refugee rights.

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