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Who is welcoming the stranger? Exploring faith-based service provision to refugees in Philadelphia

CRCF Members in this Project: Nicole Ives

Principal Investigator: Nicole Ives
Co-Investigator: J. W. Sinha
Funding Source: McGill Start-Up Fund
Period: 2007–2008

This study analyzes data from the Philadelphia Census of Congregations (PCC) in order to understand one provider of social support and facilitator of integration for resettling refugees: the religious congregation. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the character of congregations that tend to assist refugees, understand the ways in which refugee sponsorship fits into social service provision by faith-based entities, and to the public policy discussion related to refugee resettlement by highlighting salient issues and themes regarding congregational involvement.