Al-Farrayeh: Jordan faces significant challenges with migration

Minister of Interior Mazen Al-Faraya speaks at a press conference at the Prime Ministry on July 3, 2022. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
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AMMAN – The Minister of Interior Mazin Al-Farrayeh, during the opening of the Training Institute for Enhancing Migration Partnerships in the Mediterranean board meeting on Tuesday, said that Jordan's geopolitical location imposes significant challenges, especially amid the political and security disruptions witnessed by some regional countries for decades. اضافة اعلان

As reported by Hala News, The Jordanian Ministry of Interior, won the presidency of the organization for the next two years, succeeding Malta, after conducting elections today.

The institute's board of directors includes full members representing the member states: Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Malta, Austria, Denmark, the European Union, and international observers.

The institution set out to enhance partnership relations with the Mediterranean countries to address migration issues, which have become a major concern for countries worldwide, especially those bordering the Mediterranean, as migration issues have become crucial elements and objectives of policies for most countries due to their humanitarian, economic, social, and demographic impacts on the migrants themselves and the sending and receiving countries.

Farrayeh added that migration disruptions have clearly and significantly affected Jordan in various fields, particularly concerning crossings, borders, and Jordan's reception of large waves of refugees over those decades.

Currently, Jordan hosts more than 1.3 million Syrians, in addition to tens of thousands of refugees from Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, and other nationalities.

Farrayeh mentioned the significant burdens that Jordan carries across all sectors. Despite Jordan fulfilling its humanitarian duties on behalf of the international community, it did not receive the necessary support for the Jordanian response plan to the Syrian crisis. Until the third quarter of this year, the support did not exceed 20.9 percent of the total cost of the Syrian presence on Jordanian soil. This was evident in the increase in the unemployment rate among Jordanians.

He noted that Jordan's geopolitical location and the security and political stability it witnesses are not limited to receiving refugees but have also made it one of the receiving countries for large numbers of foreign migrants (workers).

This has reinforced the increase in the phenomenon of migration to Jordan through the influx of these workers attempting to settle in Jordan and bring their families. This has created irregular migration, worsening the situation and putting greater pressure on the Jordanian economy, which suffers for various reasons, including hosting large numbers of refugees. Simultaneously, this occurred with the weakness of voluntary return or resettlement projects for refugees in other countries, in addition to the lack of funding for the Jordanian response plan to the Syrian crisis.

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