Jordan is considered one of the leading developing countries, highlighted by healthcare services, education, and standard of living; however, much of the wealth in Jordan is concentrated in the capital. There are stark differences in the quality of life in urban cities and rural villages where poverty, unemployment, and healthcare are comparable to the most impoverished in the region.
Since the national recognition of the Jordanian state, Jordan has served as a safe haven for refugees fleeing conflict in neighboring Palestine and Iraq. According to UNRWA, Jordan is home to 1.9 million Palestinian refugees, 450,000 Iraqi refugees, and 250,000 Syrian refugees. Refugees face the brunt of poverty in Jordan; however, initiatives have been launched to assist refugees through housing projects, work programs, and citizenship. It’s becoming abundantly clear that the exodus of the hundreds of thousands of new refugees have overwhelmed the Jordanian government and agencies who are ill equipped to provide services to these refugees.
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