Mon July 8, 2013

Reversing Direction, Some Syrian Refugees Now Head Home

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:36 am

Refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan try to squeeze on one of the buses heading back to Syria. Syrian refugees have been coming to Jordan for two years, but some are now starting to head home.
Peter Breslow NPR

In the Jordanian desert, the chaos begins at sundown, when the wind whips up the desert sand and the buses arrive. For the past two years, Syrian refugees have been streaming into Jordan, and they now number an estimated half million.

But for the past month, more refugees have returned to Syria than entered Jordan, and hundreds are leaving daily from Zaatari, the U.N.'s largest refugee camp in Jordan.

"Four buses are going every day," says Kilian Kleinschmidt, who runs Zaatari. "Depending on how many people manage to storm the buses, it's probably 300 to 400 people."

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Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

"Suffering On A Huge Scale": World Refugee Numbers Swell

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 12:24 pm

Afghan refugee children collect items of use from a pile of garbage on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

The United Nations Refugee Commission says more than 45.2 million people were in "situations of displacement" around the world as of last year — the most since 1994.

A report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says there were 15.4 million refugees in other countries, 937,000 people seeking political asylum and 28.8 million people forced out of their homes but still inside their own countries.

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Fri March 8, 2013

Greeley-Evans District 6 Newcomer Program Essential For Refugee Youth

Greeley-Evans School District 6

You used to be able to count the number of refugee children enrolled in Greeley-Evans District 6 schools on your hands. In 2007 there were 10.

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Thu March 7, 2013

The Global Refugee Center: A Community Within A Community

A language learning class at the Global Refugee Center in Greeley.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Colorado is fast becoming a home to refugees from war ravaged areas like Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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