Jordan provides support to refugees despite scarce international aid: Faraya

[22-06-2022 09:23 AM]

Ammon News - Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraya said on Tuesday that Jordan, upon royal directives, addresses the issue of refugees from a humanitarian standpoint, and provides all services to them despite limited resources.

He spoke at a EUROMED Migration V (EMM5) conference in the Dead Sea, which was organized by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, under the theme Capacity Partnerships: Responding to refugees needs through developing opportunities for host countries.

Jordan, Faraya pointed out, bears a huge burden for hosting refugees despite scarce international funding for the Jordanian Response Plan to the Syrian Crisis, with funding not exceeding 10 percent of required amounts last year.

He pointed out that the choice of Jordan as a venue of the conference, the first since the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, is a cognition of the Kingdom as the largest host country of refugees in proportion to the population.

Faraya noted that the conference coincides with World Refugee Day, which was designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the world and highlight the strength and courage of people who were forced to flee conflict or persecution in their countries.

It is also an occasion to rally sympathy for and understanding of their plight and recognition of their determination to build their lives, he added.

The conference will discuss strategies and provide high-level guidance on key migration issues in the Euro-Mediterranean region to enhance regional cooperation and dialogue, as it aims to review the humanitarian, social and economic challenges facing countries hosting a large number of refugees on their soil.

It will also shed light on international initiatives to ensure a more balanced sharing of responsibility for the protection of refugees, as well as promote an in-depth discussion among participating countries on ways in which migration partnerships can contribute to raising the capacity of host countries to respond to the needs of refugees and develop new opportunities for host communities.

Taking part in the 3-day conference are EMM5 National Focal Points, senior officials working on migration-related issues as well as representatives of international organizations focusing on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and migration experts.

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