A refugee’s journey from one misery to the next

Mireille Girard | The Daily Star Ghassan and his family arrived in May 2011, soon after Syria started making headlines. Like many Syrian refugees at the time, they trickled from southern Homs right across the border into Wadi Khaled and were initially sheltered by Lebanese friends and acquaintances, believing they would return to their homes in a matter…

$300 million to Improve Employment Opportunities for Jordanians and Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON A US$300 million World Bank Group program will support Jordan’s efforts to improve the investment climate, attract investors, reform the country’s labor market and grant access to the Syrian labor force to contribute to Jordan’s economic growth. The Economic Opportunities for Jordanians and Syrian Refugees Program, approved by the Bank Group’s Board of Directors…

High Level Discussion of New Global Facility to Address Refugee Crises in Middle-Income Countries

NEW YORK Tomorrow, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will co-chair a high-level panel discussion on the Global Concessional Financing Facility, a new effort to address refugee crises in middle income countries across the world that U.S. President Barack Obama…

Concessional Financing Facility Funds Projects to Support Refugees and Host Communities Impacted by the Syrian Crisis

BEIRUT The Concessional Financing Facility (CFF), an international initiative to address the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis, announced the first financing today to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon. Only three months after a pledging session in Washington, DC that raised over US$140 million in initial grant contributions, and US$1 billion pledged in loans that…

International Community Endorses New Initiative to Support Refugees, Host Communities, Recovery and Reconstruction in the Middle East and North Africa

Eight nations and the European Commission today pledged a package of more than US$1 billion — US$141 million in grants, US$1 billion in soft loans, US$500 million in guarantees – to a World Bank-led financing initiative in support of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as recovery and reconstruction across…

Investing in a more stable and prosperous Middle East

Conflict has created a regional crisis so severe in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that it now has global implications. The more than 15 million people displaced, as refugees and internally-displaced persons, by conflicts such as Syria’s have come to represent the highest figure for forced displacement since World War II in the…