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
Implementing Partners: UNRWA
Beneficiaries: ex-Gazan refugees