Four years on: Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan
30 March 2015
With the conflict in Syria entering its fifth year, Jordan is now coping with a protracted refugee crisis. Palestinians, like Syrians, have fled to Jordan to seek refuge from the conflict and violence. However, unlike their Syrian counterparts, since January 2013, the Government of Jordan’s official policy has been not to allow Palestine refugees from Syria into Jordan . Many who have managed to enter Jordan have done so irregularly, thus exacerbating their vulnerability. Many live in constant fear of forced return and have limited mobility and access to employment, services and civil and legal processes.
Life in Jordan is difficult for the more than 15,000 Palestine refugees from Syria recorded with UNRWA. They cannot access assistance reserved for Syrians and have limited income opportunities. They struggle to meet their basic needs and most rely on UNRWA support. For 2015, UNRWA requires US$ 16.5 million to help Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan meet their basic needs (including food and shelter) and to provide them with medical care and access to schools.