Statement from Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 13 December 2018 - “Another sad week for children and families in Rukban. Two sick babies under six months old died in Rukban, near Jordan’s North-Eastern border with Syria.
“Freezing temperatures and lack of supplies including of basic commodities, threaten the lives of nearly 45,000 people - among them many children, leaving them at the risk of disease and death.
Refugees are encouraged to remain engaged in livelihood, educational and vocational activities and initiatives while at the same time assessing opportunities for their future.
1. Would obtaining a work permit protect me from being forcibly returned to Syria? Would it allow me to re-enter Jordan again in the future if i decided to leave at some point?
Refugee workers in Jordan and Lebanon can face low pay, "rip-off" recruitment fees and dangerous working environments, a monitoring group said
By Umberto Bacchi
LONDON, Dec 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Construction companies are failing to protect migrant and refugee workers in Jordan and Lebanon, a monitoring group said on Monday, calling for international organisations to pull funding if they fail to clean up their act.
This report was compiled by the Ministry of Labour’s (MOL) Syrian Refugee Unit (SRU) and will provide the following:
Total work permits issued to Syrian refugees.
Disaggregation of work permits data by gender, type of permit, and location.
Camp-specific work permits issuances
3,358 patients received at the clinic in the month of November.
69 referrals to the hospitals in Jordan in the month of November.
64% of secondary and tertiary referrals were for obstetrics & gynaecology.
UNHCR Jordan has one of the largest refugee helplines in the world, answering over 150,000 calls per month. Since its inception in 2008, staff on the helpline have responded to over 2 million calls. The system uses Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology, where automated information is delivered on key topics, while 14 dedicated staff are available for more complex and emergency calls.
Amman – In partnership with the Government of Jordan, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an official partnership yesterday (10/12) to upgrade the al-Karamah border crossing point between Iraq and Jordan. The project, funded by the European Union Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (EU IcSP), also contributes to the stability and economic recovery in the region.
Amman, 8 December 2018
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is on an official mission to Jordan to visit EU aid projects supporting refugees and meet with government officials and humanitarian partners on the ground.
Steep rise in health costs for refugees in Jordan has led Syrians such as 24-year-old Walaa to skip essential check-ups, putting their lives in danger
By Charlie Dunmore and Rima Cherri in Zarqa, Jordan | 07 December 2018
A new 10 million Euro grant from the Government of Germany’s development bank, KfW, will fund a school maintenance project, providing valuable opportunities for vulnerable Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees.
“This new project complements our joint activities with the Government of Jordan and will contribute to the improvement of learning conditions through the provision of basic maintenance and cleaning to public schools,” said Mr. Christian Schaub, KfW’s Country Director for Jordan.
Anas from Syria is one of many who graduated from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) vocational training centre in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp this year. Today, several organisations request the products that the certified tailor and his colleagues produce in the camp.
The NRC-run tailoring workshop is busy – it receives raw material that eager tailoring graduates, the majority of them Syrian refugees, turn into products like jackets, sweaters, NRC staff vests, and baby clothes and blankets.
WFP in partnership with NAJMAH (the National Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition) is implementing rehabilitation activities in 18 municipalities/four governorates (Balqa, Mafraq,
Irbid and Zarqa)to strengthen the self-resilience of refugees and vulnerable Jordanians by investing in their skills and capacities.
Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and The Government of the United Kingdom, through the Department for International Development (DFID), launched a multi-year agreement to support UNRWA Syria regional crisis emergency appeal over the period between 2018-2021 for a total of US$ 6.4 million.
The launching ceremony was held at the Amman New Camp, and attended by the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Jordan, the head of DFID Jordan and DFID lead Humanitarian adviser.
Over the past year Jordan has remained committed to political reforms, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms — despite a challenging domestic economic situation and regional instability. In the region, Jordan has continued promoting stability, moderation and inter-faith tolerance. The EU and Jordan have cemented and built on their strong partnership and solid diplomatic relationship throughout this period.