Increase in vulnerable refugees in Jordan seeking shelter in camps

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View over Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan housing over 80,000 Syrian Refugees. This Wednesday marks three years since it was set up. Photo: UNHCR/C. Herwig

Refugees living in Jordan have become increasingly vulnerable as their savings are depleting after years in exile, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

As a result, there has been a very large increase in the number of refugees seeking shelter in camps across the country.

Meanwhile, Jordan's Zaatari camp, the largest in the Middle East, is preparing to mark its third anniversary.

Maria Carlino reports.

The temporary settlement in the north of the country was established in July 2012 amid huge inflows of refugees from conflict-torn Syria.

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that Zaatari camp is home to around 81,000 Syrians.

More than half of the population there are children, and only one in three are receiving some form of an education.

Meanwhile, the situation outside of refugee camps is becoming increasingly difficult, as explained by UNHCR Spokesperson Ariane Rummery.

"The most recent vulnerability survey found that 86 per cent of these people lived below the Jordanian poverty line of about US$95 per capita per month.  They are finding it tougher and tougher to survive in the urban areas.  And what we're seeing is that increasing numbers of these are seeking refuge in Jordan’s second camp, which is Azraq."

Ms Rummery added that this increase has been fourfold in the first six months of 2015.

The trend is reportedly due to the vulnerability of urban refugees in Jordan who have little left after several years in exile, and who are finding it difficult to secure legal ways to make a living. 

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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