Since 2011, millions of people in Syria have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and crises. Of those who left, around 675,000 have found refuge in Jordan, with most living in towns and villages within local communities rather than refugee camps. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the displacement of Syrian refugees in Jordan, the refugee camps they live in, and how you can support them by donating to organizations like Bonyan.
Understanding the Displacement of Syrian Refugees in Jordan
The majority of Syrian refugees are dispersed across several governorates throughout Jordan. Here’s a breakdown of the total estimated number of registered refugees per governorate:
- Amman: 197,416 Persons.
- Mafraq: 163,511 Persons.
- Irbid: 140,628 Persons.
- Zarqa: 97,087 Persons.
A Look at Refugee Camps in Jordan
There are two main refugee camps that host displaced Syrians in Jordan – Za’atari camp and Azraq camp -, but only 17% live there; the rest live in local communities. Let’s take a closer look at each camp below.
Located near the border with Syria, Za’atari was opened on 28 July 2012 and initially held 80 thousand of people. Within a year of opening, its population had grown to 120 thousand people – an impressive feat that speaks volumes about the determination of refugees to get back on their feet during such difficult times. In fact, since it was opened, they’ve set up almost 1,800 shops and businesses within the camp!
Azraq Refugee Camp
Azraq began receiving refugees in 2014 onwards and is now home to around 37 thousand Syrians who have fled violence and conflict at home. Unlike Za’atari, which has evolved over time into something resembling a small town or city due to its longer-term residents’ entrepreneurial spirit, Azraq is still undergoing construction work as new arrivals arrive every day seeking safety from conflict zones within Syria or other parts of the world.
Helping Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Donate to Syrian refugees in Jordan to improve their lives and living conditions. Your donations can help provide sustainable livelihood support, food, and shelter for refugees. By donating to organizations like Bonyan, you can make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees and support them in their journey toward independence and safety.
You don’t have to be an international aid agency or charity organization to make a difference for Syrian refugees living in Jordan; there are many ways you can help improve their lives and living conditions without breaking your budget! Here are some ideas for how you can support Syrian refugees through donations:
- Food baskets.
Donate food baskets that contain staples like rice and wheat flour and pulses like chickpeas and lentils alongside fortified plant-based oil, sugar, iodized salt, etc.
- Housing supplies.
Support organizations that provide housing supplies for refugees so they can build safe shelters for themselves.
- Sustainable livelihood support.
Donations can help provide sustainable livelihood support for refugees to become self-sufficient again.
By supporting organizations like Bonyan, which work tirelessly towards helping displaced persons reclaim their dignity after fleeing conflict zones, we all have a chance to make a positive impact on the lives of Syrian refugees in Jordan – no matter how big or small our contributions may be! Every donation counts, so please consider giving what you can today – together, we can bring hope back into these families’ lives!
How Many Syrian Refugees Are There In Jordan?
Jordan now hosts some 675,000 registered refugees from Syria.
How Many Syrian Refugee Children Are In Jordan?
There are about 660,000 Syrian refugees in the country. Slightly over half that number are children aged 17 or below.
Are Syrian Refugees Allowed To Work In Jordan?
Syrian refugees have been allowed to work in several sectors of Jordan’s economy since 2016.