Interior Minister opens forum on refugees at Dead Sea
AMMAN — Interior Minister Ghaleb Zu'bi on Tuesday inaugurated the "Forum on Seeking Refuge and Syrian Refugees in Jordan" organised by his ministry and the UNHCR at the Dead Sea, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
During the inauguration, attended by senior officials, Zu'bi said that Jordan looks forward to the end of the Syrian crisis, and to the day when Syrians can return to rebuild their country, free from the threats of war and violence.
The forum aims to discuss the repercussions of the Syrian crisis, focusing on the employment of Syrian refugees and the provision of work permits, with a series of discussion papers presented by experts during the forum, Zu'bi noted, adding that registering Syrians and giving them work permits will not affect any privileges or services they receive from international and concerned organisations.
The support provided to the Kingdom by the international community and donor parties is still not sufficient to help Jordan face the repercussions of the crisis, which has affected all vital sectors, the minister said, while urging international partners to continue delivering its humanitarian support, and to establish development and economic projects that will help local communities, especially those hosting refugees.
For his part, UNHCR Representative to Jordan Stefano Severe commended Jordan's role in hosting Syrian refugees as well as refugees from other countries like Palestine and Iraq, voicing his agency's commitment to keep providing basic services to help refugees face the challenges of poverty, disabilities and the loss of family members.
Severe said the UNHCR realises the high costs shouldered by the Kingdom in light of hosting refugees and the financial, economic and security repercussions, which all require innovative ways to support the government and help the refugees.
He said the costs imposed by the Syrian refugee influx to Jordan reach around $2.5 billion annually, according to the World Bank, which surpasses Jordan's capabilities.
The forum included workshops that focused on employing Syrian refugees, the importance of having them obtain work permits and the means to register them at the concerned authorities, in addition to a screening of a movie that displays the condition of Syrian refugees in the Kingdom.