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UNHCR Jordan Factsheet: Zaatari Camp (October 2018)

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Zaatari is home to 78,357 refugees, nearly 20% are under five years old. 20% of households are female headed.

Average of 80 births per week, and 14,000 weekly consultations.

Total of 5,104 refugees engaged in cash for work inside the camp 19,500 children are enrolled in 32 schools, with 58 community centres offering activities. 10,963 refugees have work permits. 13% are women

UNHCR Presence

Zaatari Camp is under joint administration of the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate and UNHCR. As the lead agency for refugees in Jordan, UNHCR is also covering Camp Coordination, which includes overall strategic and inter-camp operational coordination as well as within the sector working groups. UNHCR is the lead on Protection, Health, Shelter and Site Planning, Security, Community Mobilization, Basic Needs and Livelihoods.

Zaatari Camp, close to Jordan’s northern border with Syria has become emblematic of the displacement of Syrians across the Middle East following its establishment in 2012.
In that time, the camp’s evolution, from a small collection of tents into an urban settlement of some 80,000 persons reflects both the needs and aspirations of the camp’s residents and a transition to a more predictable, cost effective and participatory platform for the delivery of assistance.