The Government of Jordan and partners opened Azraq Camp on 30 April to cope with increasing numbers of Syrian refugees. The new camp can host up to 130,000 refugees if built to full capacity. Azraq is managed by the Jordanian authorities through the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, in coordination with UNHCR.
The Government of Turkey has registered over half a million Syrians living outside of camps in host communities. Turkey’s registered Syrian refugee population has increased by more than 30 per cent since the start of 2014, from 560,000 to 736,000.
Iraq’s first national parliamentary elections without the presence of United States troops took place on 30 April.
The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator and the Regional Refugee Coordinator are inviting organizations working in Jordan to submit proposals for funding from the Syria Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). The focus of the call will be targeting the most vulnerable people in host communities; however this does not exclude projects submitted against the priority objectives identified by sectors. Maximum funding per project has now been increased to US$ 500,000, with a maximum implementation period of six months.