Tulkarm camp was established in 1950 on 0.18 square kilometres within the municipal boundaries of Tulkarm on the western edge of the West Bank.
It is the second largest camp in the West Bank.
Its original refugees came from villages and cities in the Haifa, Jaffa and Kissaria areas. The camp came under Palestinian Authority control in 1995. Like other West Bank camps, it was established on land UNRWA leased from the government of Jordan.
All shelters are connected to public water and electricity infrastructure. The sewerage system is insufficient, since heavy rains in winter cause old sewage lines to flood dirty water, especially in the areas where the schools are located.
Over a third of residents are unemployed.
- More than 18,000 registered refugees
- Five schools, one running double shifts
- One food distribution centre
- One UNRWA health centre, two others
- One women’s programme centre
- Demographic profile:
Programmes in the camp
- Social safety-net
- Relief and social services
- Job creation programme
- Emergency food and cash assistance
- Insufficient sewage network
- High unemployment
- Overcrowded schools