Since 2012, Jordan has accepted hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing conflict. As of April 2021, 665,834 Syrian refugees were registered with UNHCR in Jordan, of which 537,463 live in host communities.
Most refugees have been able to secure their legal status in Jordan. However, thousands remain ineligible. Undocumented refugees cannot enter formal employment and have limited access to essential services.
Registered Syrian students can access formal education, but double shift schooling and overreliance on substitute teachers have led to high dropout rates. Unemployment, low income and rising debt mean that most Syrian refugees in host communities live below the poverty line and depend on international aid. 128,371 Syrians living in refugee camps rely on the authorities and aid organisations for basic protection and assistance. Loss of livelihoods due to the Covid-19 crisis has further exacerbated existing vulnerabilities.
People we helped in Jordan in 2020
In Jordan, NRC provides shelter, education, youth activities and livelihood opportunities to Syrian refugees in camps and host communities. We also provide information, counselling and legal assistance outside of the camps.
Our education team implements the Safe and Inclusive Schools (SIS) programme, as a model for mainstreaming protection, resilience and sustainability in schools through technical support and partnership with the school community. This includes capacity development for school personnel and students, rehabilitation of school infrastructure, and mobilisation of the school community, to improve decision-making and accountability for positive action. During the closure of schools due to Covid-19, NRC has provided remote support to students enrolled in online learning.
Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)
Our ICLA teams help refugees claim their rights and understand their responsibilities in Jordan. The team:
- provides counselling on legal and civil documentation, registering life events and refugee registration procedures
- advises on housing rights, including dispute mediation in the event of eviction
- provides information and counselling on work rights and entitlements
- works with Jordanian legal aid actors to offer refugees and Jordanians legal assistance, including court representation
Livelihoods and food security
Our livelihoods team enables youth and adults to access jobs through the demand-driven “Transition to Employment” process, which includes the screening of employers and job seekers, skills-for-work training, mentoring, and partnership with the private sector. They provide cash-for-work opportunities for economically vulnerable refugees and Jordanians, and facilitate training and income generation for agriculture community members on plant and hydroponic system management through both private and public partners.
Shelter and settlements
In camps, our shelter teams distribute regular cash assistance to camp residents to cover their basic needs and ensure regular maintenance of shelters and communal sites. In host communities, our teams provide vulnerable families with rehabilitation and cash-for-rent, as well as renewable energy technologies and energy efficient solutions in shelters and in schools. During Covid-19, the team provided hygiene kits, built quarantine facilities and provided cash to support the government in its efforts to limit infections.
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion
In host communities across northern Jordan, our WASH teams promote and raise awareness about safe hygiene practices and water conservation for households. We connect Syrian and Jordanian households to the national water distribution network in coordination with the national water company. Our teams also improve and upgrade sanitation facilities for Syrian and Jordanian households
In camps, our youth team offers vocational training courses. The training is fully accredited by the national accreditation authority and provides an income generation opportunity. They also provide academic and blended learning courses to support youth pursuing further education and support youth engagement opportunities through small-scale social initiatives to benefit the community.
- French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
- Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
- Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM)
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
- French Development Agency (AFD)
- German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
- Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
- United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
- Enabel – Belgian Development Agency
- Innovation Norway