Netherlands allocates 14m euros for refugees in Jordan

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A Syrian refugee from Hama, laughs with her younger sister as she washes clothes outside of her family’s tent near the Zaatari camp, 10km east of Mafraq, Jordan, in an undated photo. (File photo: NYTimes)


AMMAN — The Kingdom of the Netherlands announced an extra allocation of 14 million euros to the UNHCR in Jordan to address the critical basic needs of 31,400 vulnerable refugee families, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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The extra funding comes in response to recent calls by the UNHCR and the government of Jordan for additional support to refugees in Jordan, said a statement by the Dutch embassy on Monday. It explained that the increased cost of living has heavily impacted the condition of vulnerable people in Jordan, with refugees particularly affected.


“The 14 million euro contribution of the Netherlands to UNHCR’s cash assistance program aims to alleviate the immediate needs of the most vulnerable refugees and will help them pay bills for food, housing, and energy. This contribution is a sign of our continued commitment to support Jordan with hosting so many refugees,” said Dutch Ambassador Harry Verweij.


“We are grateful for the Netherlands responding to our call for support to refugees during the winter period,” says UNHCR’s Representative to Jordan, Dominik Bartsch.


“It allows us to sustain our cash assistance for the most vulnerable women, men and children and stabilize their fragile household economies.”


The Netherlands is among UNHCR’s top five donors for unearmarked funds, which includes support to UNHCR in Jordan; the 14 million euros added to the Netherlands’ long-standing support to UNHCR. In addition, this extra funding complements the Netherlands’ multi-year support in Jordan through the Prospects Partnership, according to the statement.


Prospects brings together IFC, ILO, UNHCR, UNICEF, and the World Bank to advance the self-reliance of refugees and vulnerable Jordanians by improving their access to and inclusion in quality education, employment and protection services while supporting the government of Jordan with their development goals, it added.


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