In Jordan the project has focussed on four displaced populations: Syrian, Sudanese, Iraqi and Somali. For more than 70 years Jordan has been a place of sanctuary and one of the world’s leading refugee-hosting countries, regionally and globally. In recent times, UNHCR has reported registering an estimated 660,000 Syrians, close to 70,000 Iraqis, 14,500 Yemenis, around 6,000 Sudanese, and 750 Somalis in the country. There are also smaller numbers of Eritreans and Ethiopians many of whom arrived in Jordan as migrant workers and married a registered refugee gaining derivative refugee status at UNHCR. Many would-be refugees await registration.
Approximately 115,000 Syrians live in two refugee camps, Azraq and Zaatari. The residents of these camps are served by numerous humanitarian organisations that, between them, address the basic needs of children, providing primary health services and schooling. Our project did not focus on the encamped refugees in Jordan but on those who are living in Amman and its suburbs.
Child Protection efforts involve several humanitarian organisations – UN, international and local. The focus is broadly similar with considerable efforts over several years to develop a case management approach in which technical competence and standardisation are viewed as vital elements of success. The issues that have typically been the focus of CP efforts include early marriage, child labour / begging, and domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.