Report shows that Jordan is worlds-third largest host of Syrian refugees

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AMMAN — According to a recent report published by the European Commission for Civil protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, Jordan has become a safe haven for Syrian refugees since the war began in 2011. The Kingdom now stands as the world’s third-largest host of Syrian refugees and second in terms of refugees relative to its population. اضافة اعلان

Since 2011, the EU has provided approximately 3.5 billion euros in aid to Jordan, including 417 million euros in humanitarian assistance. This year, the EU has allocated 12.5 million euros in humanitarian aid for healthcare, water supply, sanitation, education, and protection, “Al-Ghad” newspaper reported.

66 percent of Syrian refugees live under the poverty line
Despite economic pressure, the report highlights that Jordanian communities and refugees coexist relatively harmoniously. However, the living conditions for refugees have become increasingly difficult, with the number of registered refugees under the commission’s preview of approximately 660,000 Syrian individuals, 66 percent of which are living below the poverty line. Many rely on humanitarian aid, resorting to negative coping mechanisms like debt and child labor.

Trapped at a military-restricted area
Meanwhile, the report sheds light on approximately 7,500 individuals who find themselves trapped within a military-restricted area on Jordan's northeastern border, known as Rukban. Among those stranded, women and children constitute the majority. Tragically, since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, these individuals have been deprived of access to life-saving healthcare and essential nutrition services within Jordan.

The report also emphasizes that sustainable solutions are urgently required for Syrian refugees in Jordan, particularly in light of limited prospects for their return to Syria.

In meeting educational needs, the report underscores the EU-funded programs' commitment to ensuring high-quality education for vulnerable children, including those with disabilities. Innovative teaching methods are employed to facilitate out-of-school children in seamlessly transitioning into the formal education system.

The report concludes by affirming the EU’s unwavering dedication to alleviating the plight of Syrian refugees in Jordan, while simultaneously emphasizing the urgent need to address their long-term social, healthcare, and economic requirements.

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