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Leading Countries Producing Forcibly Displaced People: Syria, Colombia, DR Congo, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, CAR, Pakistan, Myanmar
Leading Refugee Hosting Countries: Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Kenya, Chad, Ethiopia, China, USA
Leading Countries of Asylum: Germany, USA, South Africa, France, Sweden, Malaysia, Turkey, UK, Italy, Switzerland
Leading Countries of Refugee Resettlement: USA, Australia, Canada, Sweden, UK
Strategic Water Crossings: English Channel | Libya – Italy/Malta | Greece – Italy | Djibouti – Yemen | Malaysia - Australia
“…for the vast majority of uprooted people, there are few things as powerful as their faith in helping them cope with fear, loss, separation, and destitution. Faith is also central to hope and resilience.”
“Faith runs deep in the veins of conflict and disaster-affected communities and plays a major role in their lives. It helps people cope with trauma; it validates their humanity; it informs their decisions; and it offers guidance, compassion, consolation and hope in their darkest hours. At-risk or affected communities turn to faith-based organisations for physical protection, material assistance, guidance and counselling, spiritual confirmation, compassion and understanding.”
“Religion very often is key in enabling refugees to overcome their trauma, to make sense of their loss and to rebuild their lives from nothing. Worship and religious traditions help uprooted people reconfirm their identity as individuals and as members of a community. Faith provides a form of personal and collective support among victims that is crucial for their ability to recover from conflict and flight. As such, faith contributes much more than many people think to the protection and well-being of refugees … and eventually to finding durable solutions.”
“Faith-based organisations often enjoy higher levels of trust from the community, better access and broader local knowledge, all of which are important assets in programme design and delivery, including in complex and insecure environments.” “Faith leaders and communities, with the moral influence they wield and the large networks they enjoy, can make a powerful contribution to creating and maintaining positive attitudes towards foreigners and refugees in their communities.” Antonio Guterres, UNHCR
RESOURCES • Refugee Highway Partnership • Regional Roundtables (Africa, Europe, Middle East, N.America, S.Asia) • World Refugee Sunday (14 + 21 June 2015) • Helpful Resources & Connections • Focus Groups (Prayer, Children, Refugee Church) • Map of the Refugee Highway • Best Practices • Newsletter (email) www.refugeehighway.net