[:en]On AMU News n. 2/2016 we present a new project for the reception of migrants. This is an initiative of Caritas in Jordan for Iraqi immigrants, which also includes the support of Jordanian citizens in need. In 2017 the project was expanded to make the actions planned, more effective (see project sheet).
Resilience, dignity, courage
The echoes of the Syrian tragedy reverberate upon us daily, but the irruption of ISIS is also exacerbating the Iraqi population, already destabilized by the consequences of a long conflict, torn by ethnic and political divisions, lack of means and security. Since 2014, the new fundamentalist threat has prompted hundreds of people, mostly belonging to the Kurdish and Sunni minority, to leave the country. Many have sought refuge in Jordan, a land that had already welcomed the Iraqis during the war since 2002, and today is among the main goals of the imposing Syrian exodus.
The Iraqi refugees are particularly fragile. In terms of international policies, in fact, their situation is not considered a priority, so that they feel forgotten and trapped between the difficulty of finding welcome abroad and the inability to return to their land.
On the other hand, the continuous flow of displaced persons to Jordan, already suffering from high poverty and unemployment rates, undermines the system of reception.
The emergency aid is necessary, but not sufficient. There is a need in reality of more structured interventions, to strengthen the capacity of the Iraqi refugees resilience, weakened by the prolonged state of crisis, and create the conditions for conducting a self-determined life, the most stable and secure as possible. But equally important it is to meet the needs of the Jordanians themselves, many of whom live in scarcity of services and resources and begin to feel in competition with foreign refugees in the labour market.
The new collaboration between AMU and Caritas Jordan is oriented precisely in this direction, having many years of experience in projects for the most vulnerable Iraqi refugees and Jordanians.
In November 2016 a training program began for 150 Iraqi refugees and 45 Jordanians to strengthen their knowledge, skills, job placement and development capabilities of independent activities. The project also includes the provision of goods and services for starting up micro enterprises.
It is an attempt to find a real answer to one of the most dramatic and difficult situations of current events, in the knowledge that the road to rebuild normality, even in the deepest crisis, begins by preserving the dignity of every person and give her/him the means to look to a possible future with courage, overcoming fear.
by Graziana Vella
To view the article (Italian only) on AMU News please click on this link >>>[:it]Su AMU Notizie n. 2/2016 presentiamo un nuovo progetto per l’accoglienza dei migranti. Si tratta di un’iniziativa della Caritas in Giordania a favore degli immigrati iracheni, che include anche il sostegno a cittadini giordani in necessità. Nel 2017 il progetto è stato ampliato per rendere più efficaci le azioni previste (vedi scheda progetto).
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