IDS Policy Briefing;152

Improving the Wellbeing of Syrian Refugees in Urban Jordan

Published on 1 April 2018

While 20 per cent of Syrian refugees in Jordan reside in camps, the majority live elsewhere including in urban areas. Syrian refugees are experiencing high levels of insecurity, often due to challenges with legal status documentation.

A lack of documentation limits refugees’ access to critical government and humanitarian services such as humanitarian aid, education, and health care, as well as their ability to participate in Jordan’s economy. This leads to high levels of anxiety, fear of arrest, and other wellbeing concerns amongst refugees. In order to counter this, non-governmental organisations, the United Nations, and the Government of Jordan should continue to support the regularisation of the status of all Syrians in Jordan, and ensure that they have access to adequate aid and services.

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Brett, S. and te Lintelo, D. (2018) 'Improving the Wellbeing of Syrian Refugees in Urban Jordan', IDS Policy Briefing 152, Brighton: IDS

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Dolf J.H. te Lintelo

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Leader

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