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$1.3 billion needed by Jordan to deal with Syrian refugees

5. Syria Refugees 2022
A general picture of a refugees at a refugee camp in Jordan (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — The Regional, Refugee and Resilience Plan in response to the Syrian Crisis for 2022 estimated Jordan's funding requirements at nearly $1.3 billion, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

The Jordanian government had estimated its need at $2.094 billion for the year 2022, a $700 million gap between the UN estimate and the Jordanian government's estimates.

The Jordanian government’s estimate, in Jordan’s response plan to the Syrian crisis, for the years 2020-2022, stood at about $6.6 billion, including $2.249 billion for 2020, $2.262 billion for 2021, and $2.094 billion for 2022.

Jordan hosts 759,300 refugees registered with the UNHCR, of whom about 672,800 are Syrians; 82.8 percent of these live in host communities.

Jordan is the second-largest refugee-hosting country in the world; it guarantees a protected environment for refugees and the protection of their basic human rights through national frameworks.

The plan pointed out that Jordan faces many economic challenges, some of which result from the impact of hosting this large number of refugees, and some caused by global economic factors, such as the impact of the corona pandemic.

The slowdown in GDP growth, caused by the Syrian conflict, led to a 4.0 percentage point increase in poverty rates among Jordanians, which stood at 16 percent among Jordanians and 40 percent among non-Jordanians.

In terms of working to address social and economic challenges, the response program will seek to expand access to transportation and infrastructure to enable vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees both in camps and urban areas to access commercial centers and industrial areas.

Until November 3, 2021, the volume of funding for the plan was $555 million out of $2.4 billion.

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