For refugees, lack of funding means delayed processing and insufficient aid. For Iraqis, it often means extended periods without any aid at all.
Nada Qasim fled from Baghdad in November with her seven children and husband, targeted by extremists for having worked with American soldiers.
Paint flakes off the walls of the bare apartment that they pay $225 per month to rent. Nada’s sister, married to a Kurd in northern Iraq, sends them rent money each month. The family depends on charities for everything else.
Syrians entering are given prima facie refugee recognition. That is, UNHCR registers Syrians immediately so they can access food, healthcare and education services.
Iraqis, along with minority refugee populations—Sudanese, Somalis and others, receive aid on a case-by-case basis, determined through vulnerability assessments that take an indeterminate amount of time.
"Ninety percent of Iraqis I deal with don’t receive any money anymore," said Haifa Hourani, an employee at an organization that works with Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement.
"If you’re not a widow or divorced woman alone with children, they probably won’t give you anything."
Read more from Pulitzer Center grantee Alice Su’s project: Interim Lives: Refugee Survival in Jordan and Lebanon.