Jordan has the second highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide. The latest estimates put the number of Syrian refugees at 1.3 million, roughly half of these are registered with UNHCR. ??   In addition, Jordan also hosts significant numbers of refugees from Palestine and Iraq, as well as other countries such as Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.? ? The increase in population has put pressure on local infrastructure and services. Many refugees and vulnerable Jordanians live in substandard shelter, and have substantial food security, livelihoods, WASH, health, education and protection needs.

In addition to the refugee population inside Jordan, an estimated 50,000 Syrian refugees live in settlements around the Rukban and Hadalat border crossings between Syria and Jordan, referred to as The Berm. The border between the two countries has been closed or subject to very limited access to humanitarian organisations since June 2016, due to a number of attacks by IS and other groups. Refugees at the berm cannot enter Jordan and lack access to food, shelter, WASH facilities, drinking water and medical care.?

INFORM measures Jordan's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be medium, at 4.2/10. Vulnerability is of particular concern, however, at 6.1/10.?


Latest Developments

No recent significant humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team. Last check: 28/03.

Key figures

  • 657,628 Syrian refugees registered  [?]
  • 60,000 Syrian IDPs at the border  [?]
  • 66,262 Iraqi refugees registered  [?]

Key priorities

Access is a particular issue for the Syrian refugees living at the berm. The border corssings of Rukban and Hadalat were sealed off on 21 June 2016, after a deadly IS attack.? Aid through the area was resumed in November, however reports on activities and humanitarian conditions are scarce.?

Livelihoods are a key priority, as refugees and host communities both struggle with dwindling resources and rising living costs. 90% of refugees in urban setting live in poverty.?

Protection activities are important to build social cohesion between refugees and host communities.?

Shelter is a major concern outside of camps, particular after shelter programmes were constrained by government and lack of funding in 2015. 75% of Syrians live outside camps.? In addition, nearly 60,000 Syrian refugees are living in makeshift shelters around the Rukban and Hadalat border crossings, at the berm.?

Information Gaps and needs

  • Updated breakdown of refugee nationalities other than Iraqi and Syrian is needed.
  • Data on needs of refugees at the berm area is extremely scarce.
Key documents

registered Syrian refugees in Jordan


REACH Comprehensive food security monitoring exercise

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - 21/09/2016


Jordan's Refugee Crisis

ILO Fafo 2015


Impact of Syrian refugees on the Jordanian labour market

European University Institute 2015


Syrian Refugees in Jordan: a Reality Check