Unwelcome "guests" : an assessment of Iraq's displaced Christians in Jordan
Shamalta, Joseph Sargon.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. This paper will conduct a comprehensive case study of Iraq's displaced Christians in Jordan. It will analyze the living standards of this vulnerable population in the context of Jordanian policies. It will also highlight the differences between Iraq's displaced Christians and its displaced Muslims to demonstrate how Jordanian policies work in practice. By analyzing the Jordanian situation, this paper seeks to identify and assess the consequences of Iraq's instability on its Christian refugees. An understanding of the situation will help prioritize humanitarian aid efforts, as well as highlight any problematic policies that need to be addressed by both Jordan and the international community.; This paper will ask two related questions. First, what are the living conditions of displaced Christians in Jordan and are these conditions caused by policy failures? Second, how do the situations of displaced Christians differ from Iraq's displaced Muslims also living in Jordan?; This research finds that the situation of Iraqi Christians in Jordan is unsustainable. Christian refugees are much safer from physical harm than they were in Iraq, but they lack the means to support themselves and their families due to Jordanian refugee policies. Given that the majority of refugees are illegally residing in the country, they are unable to find stable work opportunities, reliably put food on the table, access affordable healthcare, or feel as though their children's futures are secure. While Christians and Muslims both suffer as a consequence of Jordan's refugee policies, the data suggests that Christians are worse off in many regards. This paper finds that the government does not significantly discriminate against either religion, but discrepancies exist most likely due to societal factors beyond policy control.
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