Jordan is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, hosting approximately 10 million people, a large majority consisting of Palestinian and Syrian refugees.
The capital and largest city of Jordan is Amman, which is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, with approximately 4 million inhabitants today.
Jordan remains to be considered as among the safest of countries in the Middle East.
Jordan prides itself on being an “oasis of stability” in a turbulent region. In the midst of surrounding turmoil, it has been greatly hospitable, accepting refugees from almost all surrounding conflicts as early as 1948—for 70 years! Approximately 70% of the population is Palestinian.
An estimated 1.4 – 2.5 million Syrian refugees are present and approximately the same number of Iraqi refugees.
While Jordan continues to accept refugees, the recent large influx from Syria placed substantial strain on national resources and infrastructure.
Jordan is suffering a “refugee crisis” which is little mentioned in the media! A lack of natural resources, coupled with a large flow of refugees with regional turmoil have caused great stress to Jordanians, their country and their meagre resources amongst the basic essentials such as water, electricity, food & basic services such as garbage disposal.
As a result of the high number of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, the country’s populace suffers from relatively high rates of unemployment, poverty and competition for jobs.
An influx of refugees from Syria has put a further strain on Jordan’s stagnant economy and limited resources. 93% of Syrian refugees are living under the poverty line.