Irbid Camp

Irbid camp was one of four camps established in Jordan for refugees who were displaced from Palestine as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The camp was set up in 1951 on an area of 0.24 square kilometres near the town of Irbid, in northern Jordan. Originally, it housed 4,000 refugees.

Irbid camp. © 2008 UNRWA Photo by Mazen Sadieh
Irbid camp. © 2008 UNRWA Photo by Mazen Sadieh

By 1954, the camp's inhabitants started to replace the tents with mud shelters and UNRWA provided them with roofing material. Over the years, the refugees have replaced these dwellings with concrete shelters and the camp now resembles some of the urban quarters in Irbid. UNRWA installations in the camp also provide services for the refugees in the camp's surroundings.


According to a 2013 FaFo report, about 31 per cent of Palestine refugees in Irbid camp have an income below the national poverty line of JD 814.

Among the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, Irbid camp has the largest prevalence of people with a chronic health problem standing at 16 per cent of the overall camp population. In addition, 44 per cent of Palestine refugees in Irbid camp don’t have health insurance.


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.

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Official camps

Irbid camp was established in 1951

Unrwa In Irbid Camp


UNRWA operates four schools which run on double-shifts

Health Centre

One health centre provides primary health services to refugees living in the camp