Originally published by The Japan News and reprinted with permission.
The Syrian conflict that began in 2011 has uprooted about half of Syria's prewar population of over 20 million people, with 6.1 million displaced within the country and 5.6 million living as refugees. The ongoing refugee crisis shows no signs of abating. With lingering concerns of donor fatigue, Prof. Alexander Betts of the University of Oxford has proposed a novel solution to the crisis: Rather than adopt a purely aid-based approach, Betts believes refugees should be allowed to join the labor markets of their host countries. He explained the importance of a new project in Jordan in a recent interview with The Japan News in Tokyo. Read More.