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Psychosocial support to foster social cohesion between refugee and host communities in Jordan

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Acosta, Paulina; Chica, Nuria
Journal: Intervention
Volume: 16
Page(s): 147-153
Date: 2018
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10397
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): Case study
Abstract: The internal conflict in Syria has displaced large numbers of the population into neighbouring countries since the uprising in 2011. The large influx of displaced people into Jordan poses great challenges to the international community as well as local authorities, with increasing competition for already scarce resources and services creating rising tensions between refugee and host communities. In this context, the non-governmental organisation, Action Contre la Faim, implemented a programme aimed at improving psychosocial well-being, fostering resilience and promoting positive interactions between the members of both communities. Through the participation of support groups within community-based organisations, dialogue was facilitated, and interactions took place in a safe and therapeutic environment. Participants reported improved perception of well-being and self confidence, as well as improved mutual understanding and communication, reduced isolation and the extension of social support, enhanced empathy and reduce prejudice.

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