EU visit to Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem

July 20, 2017
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EU Heads of Cooperation on 19 July visited the Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, where they were briefed by local and European civil society organisations on the challenges facing the camp. The briefing focused on the obstacles blocking a sustainable social and economic development of the Palestinian community trapped inside the camp.

The group was briefed by the Italian NGO ‘Cesvi’ about their project that aims to improve the resilience of those living in the camp through improving waste management. The group also met with the East Jerusalem youth delegates from an EU-funded project who presented the daily challenges facing youth in East Jerusalem, particularly in the Shu’fat camp, due to the separation barrier.

Approximately 12,500 Palestine refugees are registered as living in Shu’fat camp. However, UNRWA estimates that the actual number of residents in the camp is around 24,000.

The projects in Shu’fat camp are part of the EU’s East Jerusalem programme. The main aims of the actions implemented and supported by the European Union in East Jerusalem are to preserve the viability of a two state solution, with Jerusalem serving as the future capital of the two states.


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Press release

EU Neighbours webpage – Palestine

EU Technical Office in Jerusalem

The European Union and the Palestinians – Facebook page


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