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The Role of Local Government in Addressing the Impact of Syrian Refugees: Jordan Case Study

2 Jun 2015 - 09:00 to 3 Jun 2015 - 16:30

Columbia Global Centers | Middle East (Amman), Amman, Jordan

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Nearly 4 million refugees have fled the war in Syria to date, and most are being hosted by neighbouring states, in areas which already face significant economic and social challenges. The refugee crisis has placed considerable pressure on national governments and local authorities who are attempting to manage the impact on local communities. This workshop will convene local officials, civil society and experts to discuss the Jordanian case, focusing on what role local government can play in addressing the impact of Syrian refugees, particularly in northern Jordan. How might municipalities and local authorities be better enabled to support the needs of host communities and refugees? What could the long-term repercussions be if adequate support is not given to host communities? The concluding session will be a consultation with national policy-makers and donor representatives. Discussions will also place the response to the refugee crisis within the context of Jordan’s ongoing decentralization initiatives.

Together with the Identity Center and Columbia Global Centers | Middle East (Amman), this workshop is organized by the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme as part of its Syria and its Neighbours Policy Initiative, a multi-year research and convening project that aims to support a coordinated and holistic policy response to the conflict in Syria and its long-term regional implications, with a particular focus on the country’s immediate neighbours.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.