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psychologists, but funding is needed to do so. They would also like to create a counseling center as a supervised training facility for students, but also need funding to do this.

World Vision supports its local partners who run safe havens for children and teenagers in the neighborhoods of Hashemi, Mahatta and Sweileh. These havens allow children to gather together and play, subsequently learning life skills and benefiting from recreational activities. Some psychosocial counseling is also available. Approximately 440 children are involved in these activities.

International Relief and Development (IRD) is the largest implementer of relief work in Iraq. Their offices in Amman provide most of the logistical support for Iraq. In Amman, they operate six primary health care clinics. They hope to expand their psychosocial services to all six but have not yet realized this. They plan to hire a local firm to do psychosocial training for their staff in their clinics.

Even though there are many agencies involved at many levels of psychosocial activities, only two, CARE and Noor Al Hussein, have specialized mental health services. Both agencies have limited capacity to treat all those who are in need of these services.

Summary of main findings

First of all, the findings confirm most of what has already been alluded to in earlier studies and reviews. This includes:

  • Poverty and lack of adequate access to basic services plagues the Iraqi asylum seeker population

  • The absence of perspectives for durable solutions

  • A sense of fear and shame afflicts the asylum seeker community as a whole but has particular impacts on men unable to fulfill their obligations as family caretakers with consequences for the family as a whole

  • The lack of status precludes the engagement of Iraqi asylum seekers in forming community support networks caring for their own communities

  • The lack of a reliable referral system has not favored comprehensive and holistic responses to the various needs of the asylum seekers family, as programmes tend to be compartmentalized: health, education, NFI, etc.

In addition to the widely recognized gaps mentioned above, the mission identified a certain number of issues not widely discussed in previous studies. These include:

  • Issues concerning unaccompanied minors and separated children and other issues affecting children in fragile situations are largely unrecognized, perhaps because programs to date have not been looking for cases of this nature. Such cases of unaccompanied or separated children have recently been identified by UNHCR. Specific responses are required but do not presently exist.

  • Lack of comprehensive case management capacities that can, through referrals and additional special measures – in particular for vulnerable categories – ensure access to assistance services and protection in a systematic and holistic fashion and over an extended period of time

Report of the ICMC / USCCB Mission – Protection Needs in Jordan


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