UNHCR Jordan faces funding deficit as int’l support for refugees declines

Zaatari UNHCR tent
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AMMAN — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan has obtained only 22 percent of its required funding for the fiscal year 2023, raising concerns about the declining international support for refugees in the Kingdom. اضافة اعلان

According to Al-Mamlaka TV, as of May 23, 2023, the UNHCR in Jordan has received $87.628 million out of a total of $390.110 million, leaving a significant funding deficit of $302.481 million.

Jordan, a host to approximately 61,000 registered Iraqi refugees and over 1.3 million Syrians since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, including 659,941 registered Syrian refugees with the UNHCR, is greatly impacted by the insufficient funding.

With a total of 740,676 registered refugees of various nationalities, excluding Palestinian refugees under the UNRWA, the UNHCR warned that without urgent financial support, the refugee situation in Jordan could deteriorate into a humanitarian crisis within months.

Ministry allocations
The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation reported that grants allocated to support Jordan's response plan to the Syrian crisis amounted to approximately $138 million by the end of April, representing only 6.1 percent of the required funding of $2.28 billion for 2023.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi highlighted the urgency of creating a conducive environment for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees as the ultimate solution to the crisis.

He stressed the importance of taking effective steps to support the security, safety, and living conditions of those who choose to return to their home country.

Repercussions of declining support
Safadi also emphasized the potential repercussions of the decline in international support for refugees, highlighting the adverse impact on the UN agencies responsible for their well-being and the host countries like Jordan. He urged the international community to continue providing necessary services to refugees, recognizing that Jordan has already surpassed its capacity to accommodate them while simultaneously facing significant economic challenges.

In a recent meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Safadi reiterated the crucial role of UN organizations in fully supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan.

He emphasized that Jordan's capacity to bear the burden of the refugee crisis has reached its limits, necessitating sustained assistance from the international community.

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