Jordan INGO Forum condemns the suspension of the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States
January 31st 2017
Amman, January 31st 2017: The Jordan INGO Forum expresses its concerns and dismay following the recent Executive Order issued by US President Trump banning the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States for an unlimited period “until the President determines that changes are made to the program to ensure it aligns with the national interest”.
Jordan is currently generously hosting over 655,000 registered Syrian refugees who have fled the war in Syria in search of protection. By demonstrating international leadership on refugee resettlement until now, the United States has been able to procure additional support for Syrian refugees around the world. Jordan, like many of the refugee-hosting countries, needs international commitments to resettlement to help alleviate the impact of the crisis on its national infrastructure and systems. President Trump’s executive order represents a blow to such efforts, including the commitments made at the UN General Assembly high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants in September 2016 and the Helsinki conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region in January 2017, which aimed at bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to respond to the plight of millions in need.
Since the beginning of the Syria crisis, 130,701 Syrian refugees have been resettled to 22 different countries and the United States has welcomed 12 per cent (or 16,719) of them – with one of the most rigorous security screening processes of the nations offering resettlement. Refugees go through extensive vetting as they must pass through a series of security screenings, including biographic and biometric checks, medical screenings, forensic document testing, and in-person interviews. The information examined to confirm a refugee’s identity is checked against law enforcement and intelligence databases. If there is any doubt about who the applicant for resettlement is, he or she will not be admitted to the United States.
Resettlement is a means of protection for some of the most vulnerable refugee families who have fled conflicts. Resettled refugees are eager to give back to the country that has welcomed them and make significant economic and cultural contributions to their communities.
We oppose the suspension of the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States and urge the US administration to stand on the right side of history with continued commitment to bringing hope for some of the most vulnerable refugee families in Jordan.
Download the JIF press release on resettlement of Syrian refugees and the Arabic version
The Jordan INGO Forum is a network of 52 international NGOs providing humanitarian and development assistance to Syrian, Iraqi and Palestine refugees living in Jordan, as well as vulnerable Jordanians.
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