Talbieh Camp

Talbieh camp was one of six "emergency" camps set up in 1968 for 5,000 Palestine refugees and displaced persons who left the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Unlike the other camps in Jordan, Talbieh's inhabitants were mainly displaced persons, not refugees. Also, residents are mostly Bedouin.

The Talbieh Elementary/Preparatory Boys’ school in Talbieh camp. © 2008 UNRWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri
The Talbieh Elementary/Preparatory Boys’ school in Talbieh camp. © 2008 UNRWA Photo by Nidal Ammouri

Talbieh was set up on an area of about 0.13 square kilometres, 35km south of Amman. It is the largest camp in terms of state land.

Tents were donated by the Iranian Red Lion and Sun Society, who later replaced them with concrete shelters.

Talbieh camp is the smallest of the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan in terms of camp population. 8,000 registered Palestine refugees live in the camp. 

Major challenges

Many shelters are in a bad state of repair with zinc or asbestos sheet roofs, structural problems, and poor natural light and ventilation. 

According a 2013 FaFo report, around 28 percent of Palestine refugees in Talbieh camp have an income below the national poverty line of JD 814 and 37 percent don’t have any health insurance.

REFUGEE CAMPS IN Jordan

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.

Quick Facts

Refugees in camps

8,000 registered Palestine refugees live in Talbieh camp

Official camps

  • Talbieh camp was established in 1968
  • It covers an area of 0.13 square kilometres
Unrwa In Talbieh Camp

Schools

UNRWA runs four double-shift schools in the camp

Health Centre

One health centre provides primary health services

UNRWA launched the #DignityIsPriceless campaign in Gaza on 22 January 2018. © 2018 UNRWA Photo Rushdi Al Saraj
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