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Reconciling tradition with reality: Jordan and the new UNHCR refugee camp policy

By Mustafa Abid

By the end of 2014, the UNHCR expects there to be over 1.4 million Syrian refugees in Jordan. The addition of 1.4 million new persons, despite attempts by international agencies to balance their arrival with increased aid, put tremendous strain on Jordan. Any Jordanian or Palestinian will immediately tell you about the difficulties of finding low wage work when Syrian refugees, wage-vulnerable, will snap up all cheap labor through extra low wages. Any Jordanian or Palestinian will tell you of the interminable wait-times plaguing Ministry of Health hospitals like Al-Bashir, where some patients wait as long as four months for treatment. Continue reading Reconciling tradition with reality: Jordan and the new UNHCR refugee camp policy

Lebanon: Left out of discussion, issues to come

by Hampton Stall

Lebanon is currently facing a plethora of issues, from al-Nusra Front and ISIS operations in the east (including their capture of 23 hostages plus a few beheadings) to an executive branch without a president for over 3 months to tensions in the north between Lebanese armed forces, Hezbollah, residents, and refugees. While the world looks to ISIS and the crises in Ukraine, Lebanon seems to be slipping under the radar.

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