Jabal el-Hussein Camp

Jabal el-Hussein camp is one of four camps established in Jordan after 1948 to accommodate refugees who were displaced from Palestine as a result of the 1948 War.

The camp was set up in 1952 for 8,000 refugees on an area of 0.42 square kilometres, north-west of Amman.

Jabal el-Hussein camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Sahem Rababa
Jabal el-Hussein camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Sahem Rababa

The refugees replaced the original tents with more durable shelters and UNRWA provided roofing. The camp has since grown into an urban-like quarter and has become part of Amman.

As with other camps in Jordan, Jabal el-Hussein camp faces severe overcrowding. There is no space for further building. UNRWA runs 12 installations to provide services for camp refugees.


According to the 2013 FaFo report, about 28 per cent of Palestine refugees in Hussein camp have an income below the national poverty line of JD814. Female unemployment in Jabel el-Hussein camp is lowest out of the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, standing at 12 per cent.

Jabel el-Hussein camp is one of two camps ranked second among Palestine refugee camps in the country when it came to chronic health problems, standing at 15 per cent. Also, 69 per cent of Palestine refugees in Jabel el-Hussein camp do not have health insurance.

For more information about Jabal el-Hussein Camp (click here)
Updated in April 2023.  


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.