Amman New Camp

Amman New Camp, known locally as Wihdat, was one of four camps set up after 1948 to accommodate Palestine refugees who left Palestine as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

The camp was established in 1955 on an area of 0.48 square kilometres, southeast of Amman.

The refugees were initially housed in 1,400 shelters constructed by UNRWA, and in 1957 the Agency built 1,260 additional shelters. Over the years the refugees added more rooms to improve their shelters and the camp has grown into an urban-like quarter surrounded by areas of high population density.

Amman New Camp. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri
Amman New Camp. © 2008 UNRWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri

UNRWA installations in the camp provide services for the refugees residing in the camp and for those living in its surroundings. In addition to 13 schools and one health centre, the camp houses one community-based rehabilitation centre, one women’s programme centre, one environmental health office and one camp services office. 

Amman New Camp is very overcrowded. Kiosks and haphazard stalls add to the disorganization on crowded streets.

Major Challenges

According to a Fafo Foundation report published in 2013, Amman New camp is ranked second of the ten camps in terms of poverty with 34 percent of Palestine refugees reportedly having an income below the national poverty line of JD 814. The camp is ranked second of the ten camps in female unemployment with standing at 24 percent. Of the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, Amman New camp exhibits the highest incidence of severe chronic health problems standing at 8 percent. Moreover, 66 percent of Palestine refugees in Amman New camp don’t have health insurance.

In addition to poverty and unemployment, residents of the camp have to contend with overcrowdedness, including the absence of green areas and open play spaces. Many shelters are in a bad state of repair and need rehabilitation.


We provide services in 10 Palestine refugee camps in Jordan. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.