Snyder (2011) Un/settling Angels: Faith-based organizations and asylum-seeking in the UK
Snyder (2011) investigates the rationale behind Church support for people seeking asylum in Scotland. The author also discusses the challenges and impediments such faith-based organisations face when attempting to provide such support. The study centres on three key aspects of religious organisations’ activities in relation to their work with asylum seekers. These are transcendent motivation, organisation and strategies and mobilisation of resources. The study reviews the aspects of support the Church provides to aid settlement. Pastoral care, worship and advocacy aimed to help new arrivals settle are discussed in addition to church-led efforts designed to question negative attitudes, raise awareness and influence Government policy. By exploring how churches work with people seeking asylum, the study contributes to the under-researched area of the role played by faith-based organisations in supporting new arrivals to the UK. The research demonstrates the strong contribution churches make to the provision of support for asylum seekers. The author proposes that more work needs to be done to explore non-Christian engagement in this area.
Snyder, S. (2011) Un/settling Angels: Faith-Based Organizations and Asylum-Seeking in the UK. Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.24(3), pp.565-585.