Aid to Jordan for hosting Syrian refugees is 10% of actual cost

Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraiah. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — International assistance to Jordan for hosting about 1.4 million Syrian refugees is a drop in the ocean, constituting about 10 percent of the actual money the Kingdom spends on hosting them Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraiah said, according to Al-Rai Daily.اضافة اعلان

The size of international assistance to Jordan for hosting the Syrian refugees “is still below what is needed”, making up roughly 10 percent of the actual money spent on hosting them, Faraiah said.

The burden of hosting the refuges is enshrined in the fiscal budget, he said. But he reaffirmed Jordan’s moral and humanitarian principle of hosting displaced people.

Faraiah urged donor countries to support Jordan so that it can maintain its humanitarian role of hosting the refuges.

He asserted the need to re-forge Jordan’s “refugee strategy in a way that would serve the interests of the Kingdom”. He explained that there “security problems involving the Syrians”, including drug smuggling and trafficking.

He said the number of Syrian refugees who have been re-settled in a third country, such as Canada or Germany, stands at 55,090 refugees. He stressed that the re-settlement was carried out “very slowly”.

The number of refugees who voluntarily returned to Syria are estimated at 94,342 individuals, the minister pointed out.

According to official statistics released earlier in May, the total number of Syrian refugees in Jordan stood at 1.36 million refugees, 673,238 of them are registered at the UNHCR.

Faraiah said Jordan has been giving driving licenses to Syrians “under certain conditions”. He said 8,839 licenses have been issued to Syrian motorists, while another 5,032, of different categories, have also been issued to Syrians.

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