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False Promises - Fraud and aspirations of resettlement for Syrian Refugees

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Since the onset of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2012, ARDD has been a key partner to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in providing legal services to Syrian refugees in Jordan. ARDD is committed to empowering marginalised and vulnerable groups in Jordan by raising their legal awareness and enabling them to use the law as a mechanism for empowerment. One of the main ways ARDD achieves its mission is through conducting research to guide social and political change. ARDD documents trends of emerging legal challenges facing Syrian refugees in order to provide quality services in a timely manner. During legal consultation sessions with refugees, it has been brought to our attention that there are several cases of fraud targeting Syrian refugees, with the promise of resettlement and/or illegal migration. To deepen its understanding of these cases, ARDD conducted research on these two types of fraud with the following objectives: 1. To gather information in order to better understand the problem and provide the appropriate services and legal consultation for refugees who approach ARDD. Previously, lack of information on the identified issues made it difficult to assist refugees, because much of the information was based on rumors. Most refugees approached ARDD with questions such as, “how much shall I pay for resettlement?” Or “I paid for resettlement to someone and has not heard back?” 2. To raise awareness among refugees of identified types of fraud in order to protect them from falling prey to fraud.

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