Int’l support for countries hosting refugees declines, says FM

Zaatari refugee camp
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AMMAN — The international support for countries hosting refugees has seriously declined, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi. اضافة اعلان

Speaking ahead of the seventh Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region," Safadi emphasized the need for the international community to fully assume its responsibilities towards refugees, highlighting the need for a new approach to resolving the Syrian crisis, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

EU pledges 2 billion eurosDuring the conference, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, announced a financial pledge of 2 billion euros to support Syrian refugees and the region.

Borrell emphasized the EU's commitment to advancing the peace process under UN Resolution 2254 and working towards a political and comprehensive solution to the Syrian crisis. He also stressed the importance of finding a long-term solution for the situation of Syrian refugees, while rejecting the use of refugees for political purposes.

Borrell further affirmed the EU's ongoing support for the host communities of Syrian refugees, underlining the need for justice and accountability.

In addition, the EU is considering supporting a new mechanism to address the issue of missing individuals and their whereabouts.

Increasing strain
As the country hosting the largest proportion of refugees globally, Jordan faces significant challenges. Minister Safadi noted that approximately 1.3 million Syrians currently reside in Jordan, benefiting from various services provided by the Kingdom.

He proposed the establishment of a special fund to create a safe environment for the voluntary return of refugees.

However, Safadi also highlighted that certain international organizations, such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Program (WFP), have reduced their services in Jordan.

The WFP, in particular, is expected to halt its aid to hundreds of thousands of refugees by September, further straining the already vulnerable population.

Amidst the Syrian crisis, Jordan has experienced a significant demographic shift, with around 200,000 Syrian children born in the country since the crisis began.

Additionally, more than 155,000 Syrian students have enrolled in Jordanian schools. It is worth noting that nearly 50 percent of Syrians in Jordan are below the age of 15, further emphasizing the need for sustained support and resources.

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