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Unaccompanied Minors from Central America Seek Refuge in United States

By Sarah Taylor 

The American government defines refugees as “people fleeing their country of origin based on fears of persecution by reason of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.” The term “social group” may apply to the current crisis of Central American children fleeing gang violence. However, the US government has failed to address the crisis under this classification. The resulting article demonstrates the current steps being taken to deal with an influx of youth from Central America- many of who tell graphic stories of torture, rape, murder, and fear for the well being of themselves and their families. These children, if afforded refugee status, could be settled legally in the US or another country.  Continue reading Unaccompanied Minors from Central America Seek Refuge in United States

Policy Memo: Effects of Syrian Refugees on the Jordanian Health Sector


Jordan’s role as an open economy makes it vulnerable to the political, economic, and social upheaval within the region. The revolutionary wave that swept the Arab world, beginning in late 2010, has significantly impacted Jordan. The country has suffered widespread economic hardships as a result of the political turmoil in the region. Apart from economic shocks, the Kingdom “has a tradition of hospitality towards asylum-seekers and refugees.”[6] Since 2006, Jordan has been home to a large number of Iraqi refugees. Currently, the number of Iraqi refugees in Jordan remains stable at around 29,000.[7] Since March 2011, Syrians have also fled their country due to events seeking refuge in Jordan.[8] In the last two years, Jordan has witnessed a significant increase in the number of refugees, leading to strains on many vital sectors of the country as Jordan overstretches itself to accommodate its neighbors. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that the total number of Syrians in Jordan will exceed 1 million before the end of 2013, which will constitute almost 17% of Jordan’s total population.[9]

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