UNHCR faces 85% funding gap for Jordan operations in 2023

Zaatari UNHCR tent
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AMMAN — The UNHCR has only obtained 15 percent of its financial requirements for its operations in Jordan for the new fiscal year of 2023, according to a report. اضافة اعلان

The report further revealed that the financial requirements allocated for 2023 in Jordan amount to $390 million, of which the UNHCR has only received funding of around $60 million as of April. This represents a funding gap of $239.6 million, which is 85 percent of the financial requirements.

Jordan hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, including 661,854 registered Syrian refugees with the UNHCR. Additionally, there are approximately 62,000 registered Iraqi refugees and 743,773 registered refugees from all nationalities., as of the end of February.

The above numbers exclude Palestinian refugees who fall under UNRWA.

Donor countries and aid amountsThe report shows that the US donated $9.8 million, the Netherlands donated $3.2 million, Japan donated $2.5 million, Canada donated $1.9 million, Switzerland and Ireland donated $1.5 million each, Luxembourg donated $233,000, in addition to $21.3 million from other allocations, according to the report.

The UNHCR estimated the funding requirements for its operations for this year at $390.1 million, compared to $408.4 million for the previous year, which was funded at a rate of 51 percent, with a shortfall of $209.6 million.

In August of last year, the UNHCR warned that the situation of refugees in Jordan could turn into a humanitarian crisis within months if funding was not made available urgently.

International community's responsibilityHis Majesty King Abdullah emphasized the international community's responsibility towards host countries of refugees, especially in light of food security challenges, during his meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in September of last year.

Grandi praised the significant role played by Jordan in hosting and providing humanitarian services to refugees, reaffirming the UNHCR's commitment to support Jordan's efforts and continue coordination and cooperation with the Kingdom to alleviate the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian CrisisThe funding for the Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian Crisis for last year reached $760.3 million out of $2.28 billion, with a funding rate of 33.4 percent and a deficit of $1.51 billion, according to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

The ministry also stated that the financial requirements for the Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian Crisis for this year 2023 are $2.276 billion, which will continue at the level of the annual requirements agreed upon in the response plan for the years (2020–2022).

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