Refugee crisis: The role of religious actors

15 Marzo 2017

Europe is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Involving religious organizations in drafting and implementing policies to tackle this issue can maximize effective delivery of services to refugees and improve their integration process in the receiving countries.
For this reason, several projects of collaboration between religious actors, governments and NGOs have been put in place. To evaluate the benefits and challenges of the most promising ones, over 30 religious representatives, diplomats and policy makers joined the 8th policy dialogue on Religions and International Relations (13–14 March) promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI. (Please download here: concept noteprogramme plus list of participants and summary report)
Special attention was given to the Humanitarian Corridors initiative launched in 2016 by the Italian government, the Comunità di Sant’Egidio and other religious organizations. This policy guarantees regular and safer entry mechanisms for refugees who are then more quickly integrated into the Italian society. (more information is available here).

Fabio Petito,
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex; Scientific Coordinator of ISPI–MAECI workshop on ‘Religions and International Relations’


Cesare Zucconi,
Secretary General, The Community of Sant’Egidio — Italy


Massimo Carnelos,
Policy Planning and Historical Diplomatic Documentation Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) — Italy


Bishop David Hamid,
Church of England’s Diocese in Europe — UK


Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini,
President, COREIS (Italian Islamic Religious Community) — Italy


Alberto Melloni,
Professor of History of Christianity, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia — Italy


Jean–Christophe Peaucelle,
Ambassador, Adviser for Religious Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs — France


Scott Thomas,
Senior Lecturer in International Relations and the Politics of Developing Countries, University of Bath - UK


Michael Collyer,
Professor of Geography, University of Sussex — UK