740,676 registered refugees in Jordan as of mid-May

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AMMAN — The United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ismael Ubada revealed that there are 740,676 refugees in Jordan as of mid-May.

According to data obtained, 89 percent of these refugees are Syrian, 8.2 percent are Iraqi, 1.7 percent are Yemeni, and 1 percent are refugees from other nationalities.

Numbers of refugees and ages

  • 141,463, ages four and below
  • 111,860, between the ages of five and eleven
  • 214,368, between the ages of twelves and seventeen
  • 146,630, between the ages of thirty-six and fifty-nine
  • 37,017, are above the age of sixty
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Registered refugees in provinces and campsAccording to the UNHCR, the number of registered refugees in the Amman, is 265,795, 130,155 in Irbid, 86,870 in Mafraq, 48,899 in Zarqa, 19,719 in Balqa, 14,300 in Madaba, 9,445 in Ma'an, 8,787 in Karak, 8,704 in Jerash, 5,914 in Ajloun, 4,460 in Aqaba, 1,674 in Tafilah, and 573 in other areas.

Meanwhile, the number of registered refugees in tcamps is 83,328 in Zaatari Camp, 45,009 in Azraq Camp, and approximately 7,000 in other camps.

According to the UNHCR data, 81.7 percent of refugees in Jordan live outside the camps, in major cities and their surrounding villages, while 18.3 percent of refugees reside inside the camps.

Unregistered Refugees
Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Jordan has hosted around 1.3 million Syrians on its territory, with about half of them classified as refugees.

The remaining individuals entered Jordan before the crisis due to family relations, marriage, or trade, and others are unregistered.

Jordan's warning of the consequences of decreased international support for refugeesDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi warned on Monday of the consequences of decreased international support for refugees and the UN organizations concerned with them, as well as the host countries.

Safadi also warned of the repercussions of some UN organizations reducing the services provided to refugees in Jordan and emphasized the necessity of continuing to provide these services to them.

Safadi and UN officials stressed the importance of the ongoing cooperation between the Kingdom and UN organizations in dealing with the burden of hosting refugees and providing a decent standard of living for the 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan.

He stated that Jordan has surpassed its capacity to absorb refugees at a time when the Kingdom faces challenging economic circumstances, emphasizing the full responsibility of the international community towards refugees and the support needed for Jordan to continue providing the requirements for a decent life for refugees, of whom only 10 percent live in refugee camps.

International responsibilityHe emphasized that the burden of hosting refugees is an international responsibility, not just the responsibility of host countries, and that meeting their basic life requirements until their return to their homeland is a humanitarian duty and a regional and international security necessity."

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