This Syrian refugee family in Jordan rarely leaves their apartment due to fear of being discovered by Syrian secret police. They spend much of their time watching the latest news from their home. Like so many Syrians in neighboring Jordan, their expenses are increasing while they deplete their savings.
The International Rescue Committee commends the Obama Administration’s decision to allow Syrians currently in the United States to remain beyond the expiration of their visas due to worsening violence in their home country.
The Department of Homeland Security announced today that Syrians already in the United States are eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months once they register and pass security checks.
An estimated 1.3 million Iraqis remain displaced in their own country as the U.S. military mission in Iraq comes to an end. Another 1.6 million have fled to Syria, Jordan and other counties in the region. The IRC continues to provide a safe haven to these displaced people and other vulnerable refugees forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution.