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Accessibility assessment in Za’atari Refugee Camp – Jordan – 6 to 19 November 2012

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Refugee Population

With ongoing conflict in Syria, the number of refugees in Za’atari camp increases every day, and is currently situated between 20,000 and 30,000 persons. Precise figures are difficult to obtain, with unclear information once refugees are in the camp. UNHCR and JHCO data tracks how many people enter and how many are bailed out to host communities, but the number of people leaving unofficially to the community or Syria is not clear.

People with disability (PWD), people with injuries (PWI) and other vulnerabilities normally represent about 15% of the overall population (WHO and World Bank, 2011) with possibly higher numbers of injured following conflict situations.

In accordance with those figures, we can estimate the number of persons with mobility difficulties (including those with temporary or permanent impairments such as injuries and disabilities, and also other vulnerable groups including pregnant women, elderly people, overweight people and those with chronic disease) between 3,000 and 4,500 in November 2012. This situation is further complicated due to many PWDs and PWIs being bailed out or moving from tents to containers, with others arriving frequently so numbers and location of people are constantly changing.