Refugees and Migration Unit

Department:
Policy

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About

Jordan has opened its borders to many refugee and migrant populations over the years and thus the movement of these vulnerable groups of people is embedded within the history of Jordan, as briefly described below:

The Beneficiaries

Refugees              

The overwhelming amount of refugees residing in Jordan in different living conditions renders the problems they face an imminent aspect of development issues within Jordan, with refugees crossing borders from countries such as Palestine, Syria, Iraq and neighboring African countries.

The work already completed by ARDD-Legal Aid in the area of refugee rights gives us a comprehensive understanding of the refugee situation, especially with the emergency response to the Iraq War and Syrian conflict, within the Jordanian context. Therefore part of the aim of this unit is to share this understanding and insight in order to increase awareness of the refugee plight through education, access to information and the dissemination of knowledge in this area through workshops or publications. ARDD-Legal Aid has thus far conducted research, and worked with refugees in capacity building and advocacy. Work is completed on the ground with refugees in camps as well as the services provided to urban refugees, including having recently attending an international forum on the latter group. Due to its work with refugees, ARDD-Legal Aid is part of many international forums pertaining to refugees including the International Detention Coalition, Southern Refugee Legal Advocacy Network and urbanrefugees.org. The ultimate aim is to empower refugees and those who work with them and help support them throughout their different endeavors.

Migrant Workers

Migration involves the movement of people in a twofold manner, either a scenario where skilled migration turns into citizenship, or secondly and more pertinent to the ARDD-Legal Aid mandate, the situation where workers migrate for labour purposes and find themselves being denied their labour and human rights as well as being subjected to unjust and inhumane work conditions. Thus the issue of migration has surfaced in the human rights arena as the increase of migration in the age of globalization has translated to the focus on rights-abuse and violations of labour standards on migrant workers.

The international nature of migrant workers in Jordan is imminent as there are laborers arriving from all over world, including from within the MENA region itself. Moreover as a minority group and being foreign to the Jordanian legal, economic and social systems, it is more likely that migrant workers will be subject to rights-abuse. Thus as an organization that includes in its beneficiaries marginalized and underprivileged groups, migrant workers form a key group of interest. ARDD-Legal Aid has worked with migrant workers and affiliate organizations that assist them to help alleviate their current situation.

Increasing Access to Justice:

As refugees and migrant workers are of the main beneficiaries of ARDD-Legal Aid’s services, the organization believed that it was incumbent to improving the lives of these underprivileged groups and increasing their access to justice to create a special unit sitting within the ARDD-Legal Aid Policy Department which works in the areas of:

  • Research: through the work and information collated by ARDD-Legal Aid researchers, employees and beneficiaries have contributed and created a large pool of resources with a plethora of information about the situation of refugees and migrant workers in Jordan, all of which helps inform future projects taken on by ARDD-Legal Aid.Some of the research will be published into reports whose content will be based on the fact-finding missions undertaken by ARDD-LA as well as the projects. This research will also be disseminated amongst people and organizations that work with refugees and migrant workers, with the ultimate aim of creating an in-house database that can be accessed by relevant parties in the field.
  • Capacity Building: Based on the collated research, ARDD-Legal Aid identifies the gaps in accessing justice faced by these two vulnerable groups, as well as those who work with them, to create spaces and opportunities to build the capacity of these affected persons through education and training. This ensure that human capital is built upon and directed towards increasing access to justice and providing more direct services to refugees and migrant workers.

The Refugee and Migration Unit (RMU) was established to partner with affiliated organizations and different stakeholders who share similar objectives with the overall aim of improving the situation and increasing access to justice for refugees and migrant workers.