Helping Refugees from Syria and Iraq

On Monday afternoon, the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society held a lunchtime meeting on refugee issues.  The event featured Rami Al-Maqsadi, the former director of the Syrian Refugees Ministry with the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.  Al-Maqsadi spoke extensively about his first-hand experience working with refugees from Iraq and Syria, particularly emphasizing the challenges these displaced individuals face upon arriving in their new home country. Born in Bas...
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The Syrian Crisis: Massive Displacement

It’s no secret that massive displacement is, historically, a prominent side-effect of war; indeed, the social, political, and economic problems of refugees come into consideration for nearly every conflict. But the Syrian crisis, which will reach its two-year anniversary this March and shows few signs of potential abatement, is exceptional in the number of displaced residents that it has precipitated. The UN refugee council (UNHCR) estimates that 26,500 Syrians have fled to Jordan so far this mo...
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