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23 Jun 2015 description

Refugees’ vulnerability on the rise

The Vulnerability Assessment Framework (VAF) Baseline Survey for Jordan was launched on 19 May to facilitate the targeting of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugee households on the basis of their vulnerability. The survey, produced in a collaborative inter-agency effort, provides yet more evidence of the severe difficulties facing refugees in Jordan. Some key findings include:

  • 86% of Syrian refugees in urban areas live below the Jordanian poverty line;

13 May 2015 description


The 30 April anniversary marks one year since the opening of Azraq refugee camp where today some 18,000 Syrian refugees seek protection from the ongoing violence in Syria.

The occasion was remembered by UNHCR, the Government of Jordan, and partner organizations with the inauguration of a multi-purpose sports field, and a temporary bazaar offering refugees the opportunity to sell their home-made products and handicrafts.

01 May 2015 description

Aziza made her journey from Damascus to Jordan with her husband and two girls, carrying her third unborn baby in her belly. The 25-year-old said the family was forced to leave eventually as "nothing" was left for them to stay for: no water, no electricity, and no food for the children.

She is one of more than 17 000 Syrians now living in Azraq refugee camp, which was set up by the Jordanian government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) exactly one year ago on 30 April 2014. The camp is located in Jordan’s north-eastern desert.

28 Apr 2015 description


680,155 Refugees (all nationalities) registered by UNHCR

627,287 Syrian refugees registered by UNHCR

52,868 Refugees (Iraqi, Somali, Sudanese, Yemeni) registered by UNHCR

83,515 Syrian Refugees in Zaatari Camp

17,192 Syrian Refugees in Azraq Camp

5,348 Syrian Refugees in Emirati-Jordanian Camp


USD 289 million Requested for UNHCR Jordan’s refugee response to the Syria crisis

11 Mar 2015 description


675,605 Refugees (all nationalities) registered by UNHCR

623,691 Syrian refugees registered by UNHCR

51,914 Refugees (Iraqi, Somali, Sudanese, Yemeni) registered by UNHCR

83,848 Syrian Refugees in Zaatari Camp

13,903 Syrian Refugees in Azraq Camp

5,111 Syrian Refugees in EmiratiJordanian Camp


24 Sep 2014 description

Amman, 24 September 2014 - After an endless drive through lanes of auto-repair shops buzzing with workers, many of them children, a small brick house emerged, tucked away behind Amman's hills.

Leaning on the mismatched metal frames at the entrance, we took off our shoes and treaded on ragged carpets, shivering from the early February chills.

When the family arrived in December, Atega and her family found a snow-covered Amman with no other belongings than the same clothes they were wearing on the day of our visit.

16 Sep 2014 description

Operational highlights and situation updates

  • Number of Syrian new arrivals has been steadily decreasing since April 2014

  • Number of Iraqi new arrivals slowly increased; approximately 100 people are being registered on a daily basis. From 17 – 21 August alone, there were over 550 newly registered Iraqis. Iraqis can still access Jordan through legal borders, and 66 per cent of these newly registered had arrived one month earlier. The new arrivals mainly hail from Baghdad, Ninewa, Anbar and Salahedine.

24 Jul 2014 description
report Pulitzer Center


When the adhan sounds, a sigh of relief ripples across the room. The call to prayer marks the end of the day’s Ramadan fasting and the go-ahead for seven disabled children, six volunteers, one grandmother, and two supervisors, all from Syria, to dig into the mountain of McDonald’s in front of them.

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05 Feb 2014 description
report IRIN

AMMAN, 5 February 2014 (IRIN) - Just like thousands of refugees arriving in Jordan, Jacob Khamees experienced violence, hunger and fear in his home country. "I still remember when they attacked us, killed the animals and burned the fields," he told IRIN.

01 Mar 2013 description

Amman, 1 March 2013 – Abu Hassan has been the director of the informal education project for nearly five years. In its early years, the school in Ashrafiyeh catered only to Iraqi refugees. But as Jordan hosts more refugees, the JRS school has adapted to the changing situation.

05 Nov 2012 description

Amman, 30 October 2012 – Situated in a quiet neighbour on top of a hill, it would be easy to confuse Ashrafiyeh as just another school in east Amman. But few of the students share a common language, or religious and cultural traditions. Most have been forced to flee conflict and survive on the margins of society. They need to be supported and kept engaged. This is the approach taken by teachers in the JRS school in Jordan.

17 Oct 2012 description

Amman, 15 October 2012 – For eight months former Jesuit Refugee Service volunteer, Grace Benton, worked in a team of volunteers trying to offer refugees and their children the support they need to build a future. The courses went from strength to strength; but as she learned, the results were about more than learning curricular subjects, there were about building community and making refugees safer.

It all began when she gave a nonchalant response to an unexpected question.

18 Jun 2012 description

Amman, 18 June 2012 – Hidden amongst the throngs of Amman's population, Sudanese face discrimination on a daily basis.

"It's normal to be called 'Chocolate', 'Abu Samra' or other racist names when we walk in the street. I don't care what they say to me, but what makes me angry is when my children suffer", says Sudanese woman, Iman.

Iman once found her young son covering his arms with flour. When she asked him what he was doing, he answered, "Now I'm white."

18 Jun 2012 description

By: Justyna Alsamawi – Volunteer, International Medical Corps, Jordan

16 Aug 2011 description

Amman, 16 August 2011 – The Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan marked its third anniversary in the country with thirteen graduation ceremonies for students in its informal education project, held in the capital, Amman, in late July.

More than 280 students, comprising refugees mainly from Iraq, a small number from Palestine and Sudan, and a smattering of marginalised Jordanians, received their certificates.

20 Apr 2009 description

Executive Summary

This joint working paper lays out a rationale and strategic framework for improving food security and managing food-price shocks in the Arab countries. The paper does not provide country specific policy and project recommendations.