Jordan has the second-highest number of refugees in the world as a proportion of its total population, according to a report published by the UN refugee agency on 6 January 2015.
According to the report, by mid-2014 Jordan was hosting 736,579 refugees - 114 refugees for every 1,000 people in the country. The figure includes 645,600 Syrian refugees, equivalent to 10% of Jordan’s population.
But these are just the officially registered refugees. The Jordanian government estimates that the number of arrivals is double the UN figure. Analysts I’ve spoken to in Jordan also believe that the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan is now more than a million – among a population of just 6.5 million people.
There were about 85,000 officially registered refugee arrivals in Jordan in the first half of 2014 alone, according to the UN report.
This huge influx of people into Jordan, a country that already suffers from massive food, water and energy shortages and elevated poverty levels, is having a dramatic impact on the local population.
Rents are tripling, food prices are rising, and water and electricity are becoming increasingly scarce. Many Jordanians can no longer afford to support their families and face eviction from their homes.
With refugees arriving in Jordan every day, the situation is rapidly deteriorating. If the rate of arrivals continues, there will soon be one Syrian refugee for every family in Jordan.
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