Work with refugees who have fled from Iraq and Syria.

Hope & Trust’s work began with Iraqi refugees who came to Amman in Jordan as a result of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Our primary focus was to aid Iraqi refugees with preparing their asylum cases, so that they could be resettled in another country and begin a new life there.  We also sought to assist them in small measure by helping to meet their basic needs.  This work continues to this day.

 

 Since 2012, Hope & Trust has also sought to support some of the very many Syrian refugees, who came to Jordan seeking refuge from the spiralling violence of the civil war there.  People will often arrive with just the clothes on their backs. As most Syrians express a strong desire to return to their homeland, the option of resettlement is less pressing, but the need for practical and personal support is as great as ever.

 

It is a sad irony that some of these recent refugees are from Iraq initially, who resettled in Syria to escape sectarian violence wracking their homeland, but who now have become displaced for yet a second time, coming to Jordan to flee the terror and bombings in their once adopted home. 

 

Hope & Trust has been also able to support a number of other nationalities, who living in Jordan, are unable to obtain Jordanian citizenship status and earn a living.

 

Resettlement Support

Hope & Trust has assisted about 30 families since 2008 with resettlement by working closely with foreign embassies and, whenever possible, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Agency (UNHCR).

 

We network with various groups before refugees travel to their new home. We also offer some financial resettlement aid, especially to help with the initial stages of getting established.

 

At all times, Hope & Trust seeks to verify stories and ensure that all asylum applications are completed in a spirit of truth and integrity. We are able to do this because we are involved in the daily lives of the refugees who seek our assistance, and by using local translators from within the refugee community. 

Assist a Refugee Family

 

We are in personal contact with families who are struggling to survive in Jordan. Of special concern are single parent families, where one of the partners is missing or has been killed. We consider these families to be the most vulnerable and in need of assistance.  

 

It is not only exceedingly difficult for a refugee to find paid work, but it is illegal in Jordan. Many refugees fear trouble from the authorities, especially those from minority religious or ethnic groups. Rental prices have risen steeply in part from increased demand from the refugee community. Hope and Trust assistance can involve making a contribution to their rent and living expenses. Families are identified over time and through our interactions and conversations with them about their living conditions. 

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