Delegation of the European Union to Jordan

Improvement of Living Conditions of Vulnerable Palestine Refugees in Jerash Camp

21/02/2018 - 13:36

The Jerash Camp, known in Jordan as Gaza Camp, was set up as an “emergency” camp in 1968 to accommodate 11,500 ex-Gazan refugees and “displaced persons” from Gaza who fled from the Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

The camp covers an area of 0.75 sq km. Currently, there are 26,785 refugees who are registered as camp residents with UNRWA. However, only approximately 14,000 refugees live within the official borders of the camp.

The refugees of Jerash Camp are entitled to hold temporary, two-year Jordanian passports, but they do not hold a national ID number.  There are a number of services and professions that ex-Gazan refugees are excluded from or have limited access to. A substantially higher proportion of ex-Gazan households in the camp fall within the lowest income quintile compared to other Palestine refugee camps in Jordan. High number of residents in Jerash Camp, and its vicinity, depend on UNRWA’s Social Safety Net (SSN) support. There is a lack of possibilities for socio-economic participation for the most vulnerable, particularly the disabled and the women.

The EU/Jordan European Neighbourhood and Partnership Action Plan do not specify particular actions for the Palestinian cause. The European Union is one of the largest multilateral providers of international assistance to Palestine refugees, offering consistent support to the UNRWA General Fund. A joint declaration on EU support for UNRWA for the period 2014-2016 was signed in 2014.


Sectors: Social protection


EU contribution: 2 million EUR


Duration: 2012 - 2017


Location: Jerash


Implementing Partners: UNRWA


Beneficiaries: ex-Gazan refugees