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Jordan: UNHCR Operational Update, September 2017


10,785 patients have been received at the health clinic at the north east border since it opened in December 2016.

32,800 families benefitted from cash assistance across Jordan, including 30,000 Syrian families and 2,800 other nationalities including Iraqi.

199 Government officials, lawyers and university students were trained by UNHCR staff on global trends, law and rights for refugees.

Operational Context

The situation of Syrians stranded at the north eastern border remained challenging, with approximately 50,000 people still residing in Rukban. The last partial distribution of assistance took place between May and June, reaching 35,000 people. Movements by the Syrian Arab Army to regain control of all southern border areas with Jordan continued, causing ongoing interruptions to supply routes. The Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi was noted in the press as stating that aid to Rukban would be best served through Syrian territory, with the Government of Jordan ready to assist the international community in this endeavor.

On 24 September 2017 the Prime Minister of Jordan, Hani Mulki, approved a directive to allow Syrian children to enroll in school even if they possess no Government identity card. Previously Syrians would have to present a Ministry of Interior identity card to be able to join formal education in Jordan. An estimated 26% of Syrian refugee children do not access formal education, with one of the potential barriers being the needed identity card. Jordan currently undertakes double shifts in schools to accommodate refugee children, as part of its commitment to aim that all children in Jordan attend formal school; education formed a key component of the Jordan Compact unveiled in early 2016.