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Syrian refugee response: Jordan interagency update 27 April-10 May 2014

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  • Jordan opens a new refugee camp in Azraq to cope with continuous new arrivals of Syrian refugees – Azraq camp received the first refugee families on 28 April and was officially opened on 30 April by the Government of Jordan, represented by H.E. Nasser Judeh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, and H. E. Hussein Majali, Minister of Interior, and the UN. Jordanian authorities manage the camp through the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate in coordination with UNHCR. 19 humanitarian organizations are involved in the provision of protection and assistance to Syrian refugees in Azraq camp.

  • Major host countries for Syrian refugees meet in Jordan to appeal for heightened efforts to address the growing human impact of the Syria crisis – On 4 May, Government Ministers from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt together with the High Commissioner for Refugees recognized Syria has become the largest crisis of forced displacement in the world. They made a joint appeal for higher levels of solidarity and burden sharing with countries hosting Syrian refugees. They urged countries outside the region to keep their borders open for Syrians and to contribute to the regional response plan which is only 25% funded.