The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there will be 117.2 million people forcibly displaced or stateless by the end of 2023. While countries like the United States have ample resources and capacity to welcome refugees and other displaced people, xenophobic policies and processes mired in bureaucracy limit their access to safety in the United States. In fact, refugees account for just 0.2% of the total population in the United States, while Jordan hosts the second highest number of refugees proportional to its total population – 10.4% – despite having significantly fewer resources to do so.
In March of this year, nine students from [International Refugee Assistance Project] IRAP law school chapters across the United States and Canada traveled to Amman, Jordan to work with the IRAP Jordan office to pursue refugee resettlement opportunities for clients unable to remain in Jordan.
Less than 1% of refugees worldwide are resettled to a safe third country, which is why most refugees end up stuck for years or even decades in situations that are meant to be temporary.