“There’s also this implicit assumption [in Western societies] that religion is somehow the source of all conflict. What that forgets is that religion is often also a source of peace – it’s an inspiration for people to engage in peace-building activities.”
According to the UN, an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been displaced, of them 22.5 million have official refugee status, and of those, half are under the age of 18. The numbers are staggering – and the work of nations and organisations that help and support refugees all around the world is monumental.
Erin Wilson is Associate Professor of Religion and Politics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and one of the editors of The Refugee Crisis and Religion: Secularism, Security and Hospitality in Question. The book details the ways in which the current global refugee crisis intersects with important but largely neglected questions of religion.
In this episode, we talk refugee policy, the role faith-based organisations have to play, and the problem with a narrative that dominates the refugee space – the Muslim refugee as a threat to the secular/Christian West.
“I think at the heart of the matter there’s a very simple question: are we prepared to see these people as the same as us – as deserving of the same kinds of quality of life and wellbeing as we are? If we are, we need to take responsibility for that.”
To get a copy of The Refugee Crisis and Religion: Secularism, Security and Hospitality in Question, go to: http://bit.ly/2mMpa7F