13% of refugees in Jordan without heating sources– UNHCR

Zaatari refugee camp
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AMMAN — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan reported an increasing number of refugee families unable to pay rent for their homes, adding that 13 percent of refugees do not use any heating source, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

According to the UNHCR assessment titled "The Socio-Economic Situation of Refugees in Jordan" for the fourth quarter of 2023, 81 percent of Syrian refugee families rely on gas heaters for heating, compared to 46 percent of non-Syrian refugees. Moreover, the report indicated a rise in the percentage of families unable to pay rent from 41 percent in the second quarter of 2023 to 51 percent in the fourth quarter.

Additionally, the assessment showed that 55 percent of families excluded from cash assistance struggled to pay rent, with 44 percent facing eviction threats in the last quarter of 2023. Furthermore, 48 percent of participants receiving cash assistance reported rent payment difficulties in the third quarter of 2023, with 40 percent receiving eviction threats during the same period.

The average monthly expenditure of refugee families is JD26 on electricity bills and JD11 on water bills.

Eviction threatsThe assessment also highlighted an increase in eviction threats, with Syrian refugees experiencing a two percent increase and non-Syrian refugees a six percent increase in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the second quarter.

The assessment found that 91 percent of Syrian refugee families and 87 percent of non-Syrian refugee families are burdened with debt. Additionally, 23 percent of refugee family heads suffer from disabilities or chronic illnesses affecting daily life.

Notably, the assessment collected information across various sectors, including economic status, food security, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene, and health, from 3,696 families representing approximately 18,809 refugees.

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