‘Inspired to Action’: Immigrants’ Faith-Based Organizations’ Responses across Two Pandemics

Sources of disaster resilience represent important (but understudied) dimensions of the interplay between immigrants and disasters, as do immigrants’ disaster response activities. Using key informant interviews, we examine immigrant faith-based organizations’ (FBO) responses to two contemporary pandemics. Additionally, we assess for the presence of disaster-relevant social capital in immigrant FBOs. FBOs were found to possess key components of social capital and to actively engage in pandemic response activities, including provision of health risk communication, education, leadership, infection control measures, cash and in-kind contributions, advocacy, and psychosocial support. For immigrant communities, FBO-based social capital contributes to effective disaster and pandemic responses.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies on 02/12/2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15562948.2022.2035036. This article will be embargoed until 02/12/2023.
Immigrant, Social Capital, Pandemic Response
Awele Maduka-Ezeh, Benjamin E. Bagozzi, Mawuna Gardesey, Ikwesilotuto T. Ezeh, Farrah Nibbs, Somawina Nwegbu, Ryan Mai, Jennifer A. Horney & Joseph Trainor (2022) ‘Inspired to Action’: Immigrants’ Faith-Based Organizations’ Responses across Two Pandemics, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2022.2035036