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Urban refugees in Delhi: refugee networks, faith and well-being

This paper explores the faith context of displacement and settlement for the Sikh and Christian Afghan refugees and Muslim Rohingya refugees in Delhi. It examines the foundation of community faith-based organisations (FBOs) and secular humanitarian initiatives that have emerged from within the refugee communities, and explores wider refugee interactions with local faith communities (LFCs) and other FBOs. The paper shows that faith and faith-based practices are essential aspects of daily life for refugees in Delhi which contribute to their sense of well-being in the city, and that refugees’ own faith-based communities and organisations and humanitarian initiatives often provide essential safety nets when government and NGO services are lacking. However, as this paper reveals, the presence and services of these community structures should not be taken as a ‘silver bullet’ solution for humanitarian organisations that are concerned with supporting refugee well-being more holistically in India.

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  • IIED code: 10859IIED
  • Published: Dec 2017 - IIED
  • Area: India
  • Theme: Urban
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-553-5
  • Language: English

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Tiwari, AD, Field, J and Mookherjee, Y (2017) Urban refugees in Delhi: refugee networks, faith and well-being. IIED Working Paper. IIED, London.

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Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises.

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Urban Crises Learning Fund

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