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Jordan calls for help with refugee influx

09-02-2012 04:59 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Jordan is beginning to feel the pressure of a mounting influx of Syrian refugees into the country. It has appealed for international community’s assistance to cope with the situation.

As tens of thousands of Syrian refugees seeking shelter within its border, Jordan has joined calls by the UN refugee agency for international help funding their care.

At least 26 thousand Syrian refugees are being temporarily housed at the Zaatari refugee camp opened last month near the border with Syria. But the Jordanian planning minister says there are thousands more dispersed throughout the country. And Jordan has already declared that the influx is beyond what it can deal with.

Jafar Hassan, Jordan Planning Minister, said, "The Jordanian government bears the costs for the Syrian refugees, most of it 90 or 95 percent of its budget."

Despite the ever increasing number of Syrian refugees crossing into Jordan, the government says it has no intention of regulating the flow.

The UN has registered more than 214 thousand Syrian refugees in four neighboring countries. And the UN High Commissioner for Refugees backs the calls for international funding assistance, saying it is important that Jordan’s scarce resources are not overburdened by helping its neighbors.

Andrew Harper, Representative, Un High Commissioner for Refugees, said, "We must do whatever is possible to facilitate Jordan absorbing, not only with the refugees who have come this far but to absorb the ones who will be coming in the future."

The UN representative also warns that the refugee crisis is far from over as fighting continues in Syria. Aid agencies say living conditions there are worsening dramatically.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he has pressed the Syrian government to allow in international aid workers, and received a positive reply during talks in Tehran this week.


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