The Weekly Round-Up

The Weekly Round-Up

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Welcome to The Briefing newsletter by Jason Clarke and Will Maddox. This week, we look at Uganda’s incorporation of refugees into the workforce, the bombing of a Palestinian refugee camp and the United States government’s Syrian paradox.. This is a collaboration between Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees.

Refugee workforce

Uganda hosts one million Sudanese refugees, and even though Uganda is so poor that Ugandans often pose as refugees to receive aide, they are taking a progressive stance toward giving refugees a chance to make a life for themselves and benefit the local economy. In Uganda, refugees can be given land by the government to work and farm, serving as a model for other countries to leave labor markets open for refugees. In many places, refugees in camps are not legally allowed to work.

Camp under siege

A Damascus-area refugee camp for Palestinians has suffered barrel bombs, shelling and missiles as the Syrian government has led an offensive against armed groups within the country. There are no hospitals operating in the camp, which has been blockaded by both the Syrian regime and armed rebel groups over the years. Sixty percent of the camp, called Yarmouk, has been destroyed.

America’s Syrian contradiction

Despite the promise to admit 45,000 refugees in the fiscal year, the International Refugee Committee says the United States government is on pace to accept only 23,000 before the fiscal year ends in September. This would be the fewest refugees accepted in decades, and is especially stark considering the U.S. bombing of Syria and fact that only 44 refugees from Syria have been accepted in the last six months.