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UNRWA: 31% of Households of Palestine Refugees from Syria Are Female-Headed

Published : 03-04-2019

UNRWA: 31% of Households of Palestine Refugees from Syria Are Female-Headed

UNRWA said in its report “Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2019” that 31 per cent of recorded Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) are members of female-headed households, which increases their vulnerability, according to the Agency’s database.

In 2018, Jordan has remained the country with the second highest share of refugees compared to its population in the world, with 89 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants. An unprecedented refugee influx, the disruption in trade routes, and lower investments have put increased pressure on Jordan’s economic and social infrastructure over recent years.

Palestinian refugees who have entered from Syria and remain in Jordan irregularly are living under continuous risk of arrest, detention and potential for forced return to Syria. Their lack of legal status and corresponding protection risks in Jordan are a source of major concern to UNRWA.

Due to new arrivals and natural population growth, the number of PRS recorded with the UNRWA in Jordan increased from 16,779 inpiduals in October 2017 to 17,719 at the end of October 2018. Based on observed trends, UNRWA expects the number to increase to 18,500 inpiduals by the end of 2019.

In the second half of 2018, in order to make the most efficient use of limited resources, and to ensure that most vulnerable Palestine refugees from Syria continued to receive essential assistance, UNRWA reviewed its vulnerability assessment mechanisms for PRS in Jordan. PRS assessed as extremely vulnerable and those identified as experiencing a protection concern, received the full amount of cash assistance of US$ 40/person/month, whilst vulnerable PRS received a reduced amount of US$ 9.58/ person/month.

In 2019, the UNRWA response to the Syria crisis in Jordan will be based on the following four components: the provision of humanitarian relief through a targeted cash assistance programme; the delivery of essential health services; the delivery of Education in Emergency (EiE) support; and environmental health services and solid waste management. These components are reinforced by cross-cutting objectives aimed at the enhancement of the protection environment for vulnerable Palestine refugees and the strengthening of humanitarian capacity, coordination and management.

After eight years of conflict, Palestinian refugees in and from Syria continue to face significant humanitarian and protection needs. In the absence of a durable political settlement, intense hostilities and violence resulting in deaths and injuries, internal displacement, loss of livelihoods, decreases in the provision of public services, and extensive damage to civilian infrastructure have disrupted the lives of civilians and severely undermined coping mechanisms. Of the estimated 438,000 Palestine refugees remaining inside Syria, over 95 per cent (418,000) are in critical need of sustained humanitarian assistance. Some 254,000 Palestine refugees have been displaced at least once since the beginning of the conflict and an estimated 13,500 are trapped in hard-to reach or inaccessible locations.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8513

UNRWA said in its report “Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2019” that 31 per cent of recorded Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) are members of female-headed households, which increases their vulnerability, according to the Agency’s database.

In 2018, Jordan has remained the country with the second highest share of refugees compared to its population in the world, with 89 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants. An unprecedented refugee influx, the disruption in trade routes, and lower investments have put increased pressure on Jordan’s economic and social infrastructure over recent years.

Palestinian refugees who have entered from Syria and remain in Jordan irregularly are living under continuous risk of arrest, detention and potential for forced return to Syria. Their lack of legal status and corresponding protection risks in Jordan are a source of major concern to UNRWA.

Due to new arrivals and natural population growth, the number of PRS recorded with the UNRWA in Jordan increased from 16,779 inpiduals in October 2017 to 17,719 at the end of October 2018. Based on observed trends, UNRWA expects the number to increase to 18,500 inpiduals by the end of 2019.

In the second half of 2018, in order to make the most efficient use of limited resources, and to ensure that most vulnerable Palestine refugees from Syria continued to receive essential assistance, UNRWA reviewed its vulnerability assessment mechanisms for PRS in Jordan. PRS assessed as extremely vulnerable and those identified as experiencing a protection concern, received the full amount of cash assistance of US$ 40/person/month, whilst vulnerable PRS received a reduced amount of US$ 9.58/ person/month.

In 2019, the UNRWA response to the Syria crisis in Jordan will be based on the following four components: the provision of humanitarian relief through a targeted cash assistance programme; the delivery of essential health services; the delivery of Education in Emergency (EiE) support; and environmental health services and solid waste management. These components are reinforced by cross-cutting objectives aimed at the enhancement of the protection environment for vulnerable Palestine refugees and the strengthening of humanitarian capacity, coordination and management.

After eight years of conflict, Palestinian refugees in and from Syria continue to face significant humanitarian and protection needs. In the absence of a durable political settlement, intense hostilities and violence resulting in deaths and injuries, internal displacement, loss of livelihoods, decreases in the provision of public services, and extensive damage to civilian infrastructure have disrupted the lives of civilians and severely undermined coping mechanisms. Of the estimated 438,000 Palestine refugees remaining inside Syria, over 95 per cent (418,000) are in critical need of sustained humanitarian assistance. Some 254,000 Palestine refugees have been displaced at least once since the beginning of the conflict and an estimated 13,500 are trapped in hard-to reach or inaccessible locations.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8513