UNHCR reports reductions in funding, warns of serious repercussions

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AMMAN — During the financial year of 2023, the UNHCR in Jordan received only 32 percent of its financial requirements. The resident representative of the UNHCR in Jordan, Dominik Bartsch, warned that the current funding shortfall for the refugee crisis undermines the significant achievements made over the past decade, and warns of "serious consequences for refugees" if the current funding crisis is not addressed. اضافة اعلان

The UN World Food Program announced a one-third reduction in monthly cash assistance for all Syrian refugees residing in the Zaatari and Azraq camps, totaling 119,000 refugees. Starting from August, Syrian refugees in these camps will receive a reduced cash transfer of $21 (JD15) per person per month, down from the previous amount of $32 (JD23), Al-Saa news reported.

Jordan hosts around 61,000 registered Iraqi refugees and over 1.3 million Syrians since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, including 660,000 Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR. The UNHCR has registered 740,023 refugees of various nationalities, excluding Palestinian refugees under the care of UNRWA, until July 5, 2023.

Jordanian aid
Bartsch added that there is a growing concern that the Jordanian government's ability to include refugees in health and education services could be negatively affected. The previous years, characterized by sustained support, enabled Syrian refugees to enter the job market, but the looming danger now is that the overall situation for refugees could turn into a humanitarian crisis with serious repercussions for both refugees and host communities.

The Jordanian Ministry of Interior announced the expectation to stop financial aid for Syrian refugees residing inside the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan starting from October, as well as stopping financial aid for refugees residing outside the camps starting from the beginning of September.

UNHCR’s past contributions
The total value of cash aid provided by the UNHCR in the Middle East and North Africa region from January to June of the current year was $106,987,897, benefiting 1,948,698 people who received monetary assistance at least once, according to a recent report.

During the first half of 2023, the cash assistance was distributed in 15 operations throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, covering livelihood, health, education grants, shelter, and cash support for those affected by gender-based violence.

Out of the beneficiaries, 1,003,535 were women, 945,158 were men, 86,215 were aged 60 and above, and 1,017,624 were under 18 years old.

In the whole of the Middle East and North Africa region in 2022, The UNHCR provided $247 million in cash aid to 2.178 million refugees, including $152 million for Syrians and $95 million for individuals of other nationalities.

In Jordan, 229,671 Syrian refugees received $31,918,083, while 10,579 refugees from other nationalities, received $3,028,469.

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