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Syrian refugees will make up two fifths of Jordan's population by 2014

February 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

“The number of the Syrian refugees in Jordan will make up 40 per cent of the total Jordanian population by the middle of the next year,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Jodah has said.

In a meeting with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Rome, Jodah said: “Currently, Syrian refugees make up only 10 per cent of the total population, but if the refugee flow continues in the same manner, this number will raise to 20 to 25 by the end of the year.”

Jodah told Kerry that he expected the number would reach 40 per cent by the end of 2014 if Syrian refugees continued to flow into Jordan in a similar manner.

Jordan has opened its borders to the Syrian refugees, but it says that it cannot afford all their essential needs. It has called on the international community to assume its responsibilities and to send assistance to those who face grave living conditions.

The poor health care in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan resulted in malaria and diarrhea among refugees during the winter time.