Jordan to temporarily host Afghan refugees — gov’t

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates building
(Photo: Jordan News)

AMMAN — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday announced that Jordan will allow 2,500 Afghans to pass through the country on their way to US, according to Al Ghad.اضافة اعلان

Ministry spokesperson Daifallah Alfayez, said that the decision was based on humanitarian reasons in the light of the circumstances in Afghanistan.

A source, who asked not to be named, told Al-Ghad news that the government has allocated shelters for Afghans coming into the country until processing procedures can be completed to transfer the Afghans to the US.

The Afghans will not be considered as refugees, but will remain in Jordan until they are transferred to the US, the source said.

"Jordan will not bear any financial consequences arising from the residence of these Afghans until they leave for the US,” the source stressed.

It is noteworthy that a number of Arab and foreign countries have contributed to alleviating the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan by hosting Afghanis and helping with evacuations. Qatar is hosting some 8,000 Afghans, Kuwait 5,000, the UAE 5,000, and Canada 20,000.

Jordan hosts the second largest proportion of refugees in the world compared to its population after Lebanon and one out of 3 residents of Jordan is a refugee, with more than 3.788 million refugees officially living in Jordan and belonging to more than 50 nationalities.

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