Aid groups seek Mideast investment to help Syrian refugees

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Posted: Nov 09, 2015 4:20 AM

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Aid groups are calling for multi-billion-dollar international investment in Middle Eastern countries hosting Syrian refugees to replace what they say has been half-hearted humanitarian assistance.

Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council told The Associated Press on Monday that the international community must "invest in hope and in a future (for refugees) here, or expect many more, hundreds of thousands, to give up all hope here and head for Europe."

He spoke on the sidelines of an international conference trying to find a new approach to the crisis. The current one, with its emphasis on emergency humanitarian relief, has fallen short.

An appeal for $4.5 billion in aid for this year is less than half funded, resulting in worsening conditions in regional host countries and fueling the exodus to Europe.