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Hosting Syrian refugees - the cost conundrum
8 November 2013 (IRIN ), Syria’s neighbours say they have collectively spent billions of dollars hosting Syrian refugees. What are the actual costs? And can there also be economic benefits to refugee influxes?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99083/Hosting-Syrian-refugees-the-cost-conundrum
Planning for winter in Jordan’s Za’atari camp
4 November 2013 (IRIN ), As the first rains of the season hit Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, aid agencies are trying to ensure refugees are better protected against winter storms than they were last year.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99054/Planning-for-winter-in-Jordan-s-Za-atari-camp
Analysis: Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp
1 November 2013 (IRIN ), More than a year after Za’atari camp was opened in Jordan as a temporary solution for Syrian refugees, it is slowly transforming into something much more permanent. One of the demands of an increasingly long-term aid operation is a greater focus on the camp’s governance - a sensitive area at the crossroads of politics and humanitarian relief.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99045/Analysis-Politics-and-power-in-Jordan-s-Za-atari-refugee-camp
Syrian crisis pushing Lebanese into poverty
31 October 2013 (IRIN ), The impact of the Syrian crisis could drag 170,000 Lebanese into poverty and increase unemployment in Lebanon by 10 percent by the end of 2014, a new report has shown.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99036/Syrian-crisis-pushing-Lebanese-into-poverty
Serving up five-star service for refugees the UAE way
29 October 2013 (IRIN ), A new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan run by the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent has unrivalled services and accommodation. But some aid workers wonder how sustainable the operation is and if the money spent could have been used to help a larger number of refugees in other camps.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99019/Serving-up-five-star-service-for-refugees-the-UAE-way
Syrians face bleak time in Bulgaria’s broken asylum system
22 October 2013 (IRIN ), In an abandoned schoolhouse outside the Bulgarian capital Sofia, 380 migrants and asylum seekers are living in squalid conditions. They are part of a new wave of migrants and asylum seekers, mostly Kurds from Syria, who have strained Bulgaria’s inefficient asylum system to breaking point.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98983/Syrians-face-bleak-time-in-Bulgaria-s-broken-asylum-system
Analysis: Getting it right for Syrian refugees the second time round
16 October 2013 (IRIN ), In building Azraq, the newest camp for Syrian refugees in the Jordanian desert, aid agencies have benefited from many lessons learned from the now notorious Za’atari camp. But while the new and improved camp stands ready to go, it has yet to receive its first refugee.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98946/Analysis-Getting-it-right-for-Syrian-refugees-the-second-time-round
Syrian refugees worried as UN targets its food aid in Lebanon
9 October 2013 (IRIN ), As the Syrian refugee crisis drags on, the World Food Programme in Lebanon is targeting its food aid to the most vulnerable instead of giving blanket assistance. But aid workers are concerned that among the 200,000 refugees that will stop receiving food vouchers, some may be wrongly cut off.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98909/Syrian-refugees-worried-as-UN-targets-its-food-aid-in-Lebanon
Haves and have-nots in Jordan’s Za’atari camp
8 October 2013 (IRIN ), To accommodate the needs of some 120,000 Syrian refugees, a market has sprung up along the main road of Jordan’s Za’atari camp. But its frenzy of commerce has spawned winners and losers, buyers and sellers, haves and have-nots, honest traders and outright thieves. Such divisions have fuelled resentment, particularly as those better off are viewed as taking advantage of the aid system at the expense of those living at the edge of survival, in an environment with very little security or regulations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98895/Haves-and-have-nots-in-Jordan-s-Za-atari-camp
Preparing for MERS virus ahead of Hajj pilgrimage
7 October 2013 (IRIN ), Public health officials in the Gulf states are playing down fears about an outbreak of the deadly MERS coronavirus among pilgrims travelling to the Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month, though doctors are advising the elderly, people with existing health conditions, pregnant women and young children to stay away.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98889/Preparing-for-MERS-virus-ahead-of-Hajj-pilgrimage

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