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Arab Spring Refugees in Jordan Live in Desperate Limbo
Many among the thousands of urban refugees are women who have lost their husbands and now find themselves in the role of breadwinners, struggling to fend for themselves and their families.
In the past year, meanwhile, about 6,529 more refugees--a large number from Syria--have come to Jordan to seek refuge from the violence of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings.
Any new influx, however, should not further marginalize world attention to the plight of homeless Iraqis suffering through this dire humanitarian crisis.
More than 500,000 Iraqis still live in limbo in Jordan. Many have access to national public services, but since the country is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention they have no hope of permanent settlement here.
And while refugees are allowed to come to Jordan they are not legally allowed to work. Many are stuck, waiting for years and not allowed to earn enough to afford adequate housing, education and healthcare.
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