IRC in the News
“Astonishing” and “unprecedented” are two words commonly used to describe the current Syrian refugee crisis. Since the civil war began four years ago, 11 million Syrians facing fear and persecution have been displaced from their homes. Seven million are living in difficult circumstances within the country and 4 million have fled the borders to Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and other places in Northern Africa. The United Nations has received only a quarter of the humanitarian aid it has requested so refugees are facing cuts in food and health care services and a generation of children are unable to attend school. And neighboring countries hosting Syrian refugees are increasingly overwhelmed and unstable themselves. Today on Radio Times, how and why the Syrian refugee crisis has reached catastrophic proportions, why it matters from a geopolitical perspective, and what the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world can do to help.
On Monday, Starbucks and 16 other major companies announced they were launching the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, aimed at getting more than five-and-a-half million American youth to work. Now, the company is bringing that effort to Phoenix.
Greek citizens aren’t the only victims of the country’s financial crisis – the cost of this debacle includes thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who are streaming into Greece, only to find there’s not enough shelter, food, healthcare, and even toilets to go around.
Threads 4 Thought is a fashion brand for men and women that helps to improve the planet through a sustainable lifestyle and a commitment to giving back. The company strongly believes in ethical manufacturing and works solely with factories that respect their employees and their communities. Threads 4 Thought had partnered with the International Rescue Committee (the IRC) and the IRC’s New Roots program.
The Refugee Youth Summer Academic is helping thousands of young refugee’s transition smoothly for the U.S. classroom. The non-government group has been running the program for 16 years, with 130 young refugees from more than 30 countries enrolled in the six-week summer school in New York City.
The Obama administration announced the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program, or CAM, in November as one of many responses to an influx in unaccompanied children and teenagers crossing the border illegally. Nearly 70,000 children traveling without their parents were apprehended last fiscal year, most of them originally from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, all of which have suffered a rash of violence in recent years.