The Religion and Forced Migration Initiative

The Religion and Forced Migration Initiative

In 2017, Princeton University’s Office of Religious Life (ORL) launched the Religion and Forced Migration Initiative (RFMI) as a response to a singular human crisis of our time: the largest forced movement of people the world has faced since the Second World War. RFMI centrally explores, amplifies, and hopes to improve our collective understanding of the role of religion in responding to the problems forced migrants face.
 
Convening scholars, international agencies, grassroots organizers, religious leaders, students, and refugees themselves, we reflect on the intersection of faith and forced migration. As an Office of Religious Life located in a secular university with local, national, and international partners, we understand our work on forced migration as a form of public religion, public scholarship, and public engagement. In this way, we hope to foster Princeton University’s orientation toward compassionate service while recognizing  religion as a critical and understudied factor in the lives of refugees and those serving them. 

Previous projects under RFMI have included the Seeking Refuge conference and an Interfaith Policy Forum which assembled policymakers and refugees to reflect on religious identities. Currently, RFMI’s central undertaking is the Religion and Resettlement Project.

RRP Symposium Video

Oral History Project Video