In response to the numbers of Iraqi refugees fleeing their homeland, Jesuit Refugee Service initiated projects in Syria and Jordan to accompany and serve them. (Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J. — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

(Rome) June 20, 2010 — Urban refugees were not the focus at the very beginning of the Jesuit Refugee Service – which celebrates this year 30 years of service and accompaniment. At that time the classic image of refugees was the camp but the reality is now that half of the world’s refugees attended by the UNHCR are living in urban areas.

The Iraq crisis tipped the statistic to 50 percent when in 2006-2007 close to two million refugees arrived in Syria and in Jordan and all staying in the urban centers.

Video produced by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

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