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Your Impact: Urban Refugees


Helping refugees in cities and towns


The majority of the world’s refugees are in urban areas. We’re reaching out to them with an innovative, effective solution.


The current refugee crisis shows no signs of slowing down. As the number of people on the run increases, many are seeking safety in cities and other urban areas. The majority of today’s refugees live outside the safety and services of refugee camps.


Unable to legally work, many urban refugees struggle to survive. Far too often, large families live in one room, or in abandoned buildings, with no heating and not enough money to buy food or medicine.


8 | UNHCR 2017 DONOR REPORT


Your support is allowing us to respond to this crisis in an innovative and effective way—through cash assistance. UNHCR launched cash assistance over 30 years ago and now offers it in over 60 countries.


By giving cash to refugees through secure ATM transfers, we’re allowing them to retain their dignity while buying food, medicine, clothing, rent and other necessities of life for their families.


Thank you for making cash assistance a smart way to help urban refugees.


A Syrian family in Greece shops for groceries thanks to the UNHCR cash assistance program for urban refugees.


2016 HIGHLIGHTS


$32 MILLION IN CASH ASSISTANCE DISTRIBUTED IN JORDAN


136,240 REFUGEES REACHED THROUGH CASH ASSISTANCE IN JORDAN


$97 OUT OF EVERY $100 DONATED TO CASH ASSISTANCE GOES DIRECTLY TO A REFUGEE FAMILY IN JORDAN


©UNHCR/Yorgos Kyvernitis


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