UNHCR provided $70 million to more than 300,00 refugees in Jordan in 2023

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AMMAN — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan has announced the provision of approximately $70 million to over 300,000 refugees during the past year. This period witnessed the introduction of new criteria and conditions aimed at assisting refugees in Jordan.اضافة اعلان

In its recent report, the UNHCR in Jordan revealed that it had provided cash assistance to more than 317,000 refugees, including women, men, and vulnerable children. The objective was to help them meet their basic needs and address other urgent requirements more effectively, such as health, education, and protection, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

In 2023, the UNHCR collaborated with the World Food Program (WFP)  to review and update the criteria for targeting financial assistance, resulting in more refugees benefiting from aid.

By December 15, 2023, the UNHCR in Jordan had achieved 43 percent of its financial requirements for the fiscal year 2023.

Jordan plays host to 55,426 registered Iraqi refugees under the UNHCR and over 1.3 million Syrians since the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011. This includes 649,091 registered Syrian refugees under the UNHCR. The UNHCR also notes that, as of the end of the previous year, it has registered 723,886 refugees of various nationalities, excluding Palestinian refugees who fall under UNRWA.

A recent international study on measuring poverty among refugees in Jordan, published last year, highlighted that 39.8 percent of refugees in Jordan (excluding Palestinian refugees) are grappling with food poverty, defined as having less than 16.71 Jordanian dinars per person per month.

The UNHCR announced its collaboration with the WFP to prepare for the retargeting of refugees in host communities to receive cash assistance. This initiative is based on a tool developed by the World Bank.

As outlined in their report, the new targeting criteria have enabled the UNHCR and the WFP to better align and utilize limited resources more efficiently.

The UN organization further stated that the new system prioritizes vulnerable refugees, especially children, who are receiving cash assistance from the UNHCR for the first time.

The new tool, known as PMT, gives priority to the most vulnerable categories, allowing for adaptation to changes in social and economic conditions. It also aligns the targeting model with Jordan's primary social safety nets, including the National Aid Fund, and considers the national poverty level, according to the UNHCR.

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