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Meeting the Needs of Urban Refugees

Dr. Rochelle Davis teaching research methods to Iraqi interviewe  Dr. Rochelle Davis teaches research methods to Iraqi interviewers. Photo credit: Roya Soleimani

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) are pleased to present three extensive reports on urban refugees in Amman, Jordan and Cairo, Egypt.  Based on field research, household interviews conducted by refugees and members of the host community, and discussions with those in UN bodies, numerous international and local non-governmental organizations, and government ministries, the reports detail the living conditions of refugees in the two cities and include recommendations for both policy makers and practitioners. Understanding the needs and developing actions to meet refugee and local needs remains crucial to the survival of Sudanese, Iraqis, Somalis, Palestinians, and now increasingly Syrians, living far away from their home countries. These reports seek to contribute to that goal.
Detailed in each study are the experiences of refugees in securing (with varying degrees of success) shelter, health care, education, and work. Recognizing the extent to which refugees are dispersed within the urban population, the perspectives and experiences of local Jordanians and Egyptians, as well as Iraqis, Palestinian, Somali, and Sudanese refugees, are also examined.
CCAS Associate Professor Rochelle Davis led a research team and authored the report, "Urban Refugees in Amman, Jordan," assisted by Abbie Taylor (MAAS ’12). Professor Susan Martin, Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration, and Abbie Taylor (MAAS ’12) composed the special report "Urban Refugees in Amman: Mainstreaming of Healthcare." The report "Urban Refugees in Cairo, Egypt" was jointly authored by Elzbieta Gozdziak (ISIM) and Alissa Walter (MAAS ’12, History Ph.D. student).
ISIM, CCAS, and the authors are grateful to all who gave their time and assistance to the project

Click here to download the report, Urban Refugees in Cairo
Click here to download the report, Urban Refugees in Amman, Jordan
Click here to download the report, Urban Refugees in Amman: Mainstreaming of Healthcare

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