2014 Syria Regional Response Plan: Jordan - Mid-Year Update
As of 1 June, Jordan hosts almost 600,000 refugees from Syria. This represents 21 per cent of the Syrian refugees in the region. About 51 per cent of the population are females and 49 per cent are male, while 18 per cent of the overall population are children under five.
The first half of 2013 witnessed a massive arrival of Syrian refugees fleeing to Jordan. The Government of Jordan officially opened a new camp, Azraq, in April 2014 to provide protection to Syrian refugees who continue to cross into Jordan in search of safety. This complements Zaatari camp, the largest refugee camp in Jordan with some 90,000 inhabitants.
Close to half a million Syrian refugees are living in host communities, concentrated in urban centres in the central and northern governorates of Jordan. Through the RRP, humanitarian organizations and the Government have been working tirelessly to relieve the pressure of services and resources, and ensure assistance to both Syrians and Jordanians in a balanced way. This in turn is a crucial step in maintaining the protection space in Jordan. Together with the cost of accommodating nearly 100,000 people in camps in Jordan, maintaining this response requires a considerable and sustained investment.
Eight sector working groups are responding to the needs of the affected population. The plan is a collaborative effort between the Government of Jordan, 12 UN agencies, 51 national and international NGOs as well as refugees and host communities, under the overall leadership of the Government of Jordan and UNHCR, and in close coordination with the donor community. Following the mid-year review, this update presents, for each sector, progress to date along with the revised needs, financial requirements and response indicators.