This article presents a novel analytical framework to examine refugees’ journeys to exile from the perspective of ‘trust‘. I define trust as a positive feeling about or evaluation of the intentions or behaviour of another, and conceptualize it as a discursively created emotion and practice which is based on the relations between the ‘trustor’ and the ‘trustee‘. I create a novel analytical framework for the study of refugees’ ‘journeys of trust’ that consists of the temporal characteristics, the drivers and contexts, and the contents and orientations of ‘journeys of trust’, and the characteristics of the voyagers and their intersectionality. This analytical framework is applied in this article regarding Congolese refugees’ journeys to Kampala, Uganda. Conceptually, I suggest that refugees’ exilic journeys in this context need to be investigated by linking the trust-based discourses of their reasons to flee, their travel from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Uganda and, finally, their arrival to their city of exile, Kampala. The usefulness of this trust-focused analytical framework for the study of refugee journeys is reflected in the conclusion.

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