Faith-Based Organisations and the Humanitarian Governance of Refugee Resettlement


  • Adele Garnier Macquarie University



refugee resettlement, faith-based organisations, humanitarian governance


This article investigates the role of faith-based organisations (FBOs) in refugee resettlement. Scholarly work on the role of FBOs in refugee resettlement remains limited and mostly focuses on FBOs' involvement in the resettlement policies of major resettling states. In contrast, this article draws on an understanding of refugee resettlement as humanitarian governance. Accordingly, refugee resettlement is an instrument of both care and control encompassing the discourses and practices of numerous governmental, intergovernmental and non-state actors at multiple levels. Approaching refugee resettlement as humanitarian governance means to unpack its power dynamics from the global to the local level. This article shows how FBOs contribute to these power dynamics. Its new perspective on the multifaceted role of FBOs in refugee resettlement aims to advance our understanding of refugee resettlement, to expand scholarship on the role of FBOs in immigration and refugee policy and to contribute to current debates on religion, policy and politics.

Author Biography

Adele Garnier, Macquarie University

Adele Garnier is a lecturer at the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She holds a PhD in Politics from Macquarie University and the University of Leipzig, Germany and has done postdoctoral research at the Université de Montreal, Canada and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Her research investigates the interplay of regulatory levels (local to global) in migration and refugee policy in a comparative perspective, with a current focus on refugees' participation in the labour market and on the governance of refugee resettlement. She has published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Refuge and WeltTrends and is the co-editor of Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics and Humanitarian Governance (with Liliana Lyra Jubilut and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Berghahn Books, 2018).


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How to Cite

Garnier, A. (2019). Faith-Based Organisations and the Humanitarian Governance of Refugee Resettlement. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 31(2), 149–171.