You’ll spend the fall semester in Jordan, home to millions of refugees and displaced populations from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. It currently houses 661,000 Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), although it is estimated that the total number is closer to 1.5 million. Here, you’ll get firsthand exposure to the humanitarian response of various UN agencies in Jordan, most notably UNHCR, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), during emergency, post-emergency, and resettlement phases, in collaboration with the host government.
At the end of the first semester, you’ll spend 10 days in Geneva learning about humanitarian policy and advocacy and seeing the operation of United Nations headquarters firsthand.
For more than five decades, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution. When renewed conflict broke out in South Sudan in July 2016, an unprecedented number of refugees came to Uganda, doubling the refugee population in less than seven months. Uganda has since become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, with refugees making up 3.5% of the country’s total population of 39 million. It currently hosts more than 1.35 million refugees, the majority from South Sudan (75%), the Democratic Republic of Congo (17%), Burundi (3%) and Somalia (3%).
Uganda maintains one of the most progressive refugee protection policies. With an open-door policy, the government grants refugees freedom of movement and the right to seek employment, establish businesses, and access public services such as education on par with nationals. Uganda is also party to key refugee conventions and international human rights treaties.
You’ll spend the spring semester learning from Uganda’s approach to refugees and comparing its refugee policies with Jordan’s.