Zarqa Camp

Zarqa camp is the oldest Palestine refugee camp in Jordan, and was one of the four camps established in the country to accommodate the refugees who left Palestine as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

The camp was set up near the town of Zarqa by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1949. It originally housed 8,000 refugees in an area of 0.18 square kilometres.

Zarqa camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Sahem Rababa
Zarqa camp. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Sahem Rababa

UNRWA later replaced the original tents with concrete shelters and over the years the refugees have made improvements and added more rooms. The camp now resembles other urban quarters in Zarqa.

Major challenges

Poverty is one of the main challenges facing camp residents. According to a 2013 FaFo report, 19 percent of Palestine refugees living in Zarqa camp have a monthly income that is below the national poverty line of JD814. 

According to the same report, Zarqa camp is one of two camps ranked second of the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan in terms of the prevalence of people with chronic health problems, standing at 15 percent.

In addition, 68 percent of Palestine refugees in Zarqa camp don’t have 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

20,000 registered Palestine refugees live in Zarqa camp

Official camps

  • Zarqa camp was established in 1949
  • It sits on an area of of 0.18 square kilometres
Unrwa In Zarqa Camp

Schools

UNRWA runs four double-shift schools in the campp

Health Centre

Two health centres provide primary health services to refugees

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