Local faith actors are deeply involved in assisting refugees around the
world. Their place in refugee response, however, can be in parallel with and, at times,
in disagreement with the efforts of international humanitarian organizations. Focusing
on the interactions between local faith actors and refugees and local faith actors
and international organizations, the lenses of hospitality and hostility are used to analyze
the tensions between these types of actors. Through a review of the literature and
interviews with 21 key informants, I show that processes of marginalization occur to
the extent that local faith actors lose their positions of host to the dominance of the
international humanitarian system, and feelings of hostility ensue. This demonstrates
to international actors why they might be ill received and how they can approach partnerships
with local faith actors in more diplomatic ways.
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