Decade of Exile: Syria and the Middle East’s Refugee Crisis

A close-up view of the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees, July 18, 2013 (State Department photo).
A close-up view of the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees, July 18, 2013 (State Department photo).
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At the beginning of June, around 1,000 Syrian refugees found themselves stranded in the desert just inside Jordan, with precarious access to food and water. Their flight from Syria was driven by the desire to escape that country’s ongoing civil war, which has helped generate the largest refugee crisis since the aftermath of World War II. But their plight in the desert was the immediate result of Jordan gradually tightening its border to Syrian refugees, even as it remains officially open to them. It may be a sign of things to come, as the governments bordering Syria tire of hosting […]

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