Syrian refugee pressures on Jordan "like a slow-moving tsunami"

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Syrian refugees queue for relief items at Jordan’s Za’atri camp. Photo: UNHCR/S. Malkawi

The pressure of having more than a million Syrian refugees enter Jordan since 2011, is equivalent to a "slow-moving tsunami".

That's according to Jordan's planning minister, Imad Fakhoury, speaking at the recent International Monetary Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings, in Washington DC.

He said public services were under huge strain, with close to 150,000 extra schoolchildren from Syria now in the system, and a 24 per cent shortage of hospital beds.

After taking part in a seminar on Conflicts and the Refugee Crisis, Mr Fakhoury spoke to Mark Betancourt.

Duration: 5'47"

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