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UNHCR is looking for candidates to fill a number of positions which are targeted at experienced professionals in various functional areas. Please visit UNHCR’s webpage for details on available vacancies and on how to apply. The deadline is 26 […]

Transformation of Communal Kitchens – Zaatari Camp

    YOUTH VOLUNTEERS IN ZAATARI TRANSFORM FORMAL COMMUNAL KITCHENS INTO COMMUNITY SPACES TO MARK WORLD REFUGEE DAY   By Waed Shukri Shawamreh, Zaatari Camp Zaatari Camp – 20 June 2016 – Youth volunteers from Zaatari Camp have concluded the renovation […]

Solaf’s best kick

When Solaf passed a group of kids one morning running around in strange white robes faatened with colorful belts, she decided to follow her curiosity. She had just arrived at Azraq camp a couple of days before and the inquisitive […]

1.	EU_2.JPG “Joint Operations Centres have been established in both Zaatari and Azraq Camp. Photo: UNHCR/M Hawari)

Major Progress in Camp Security thanks to EU Contribution

As we approach the end of 2015, it’s important to recognize some of the major improvements and progress made in these past months, and years. In this case – security. In 2013, the security situation in Zaatari was tense, but […]

Jordan / High Commissioner Visit / UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres visits Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on 26 July, 2013. / UNHCR / Jared Kohler / July 2013

Japan – Continuing Support for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Since 2012, Japan has been one of UNHCR’s main donors with a combined contribution of $31.4m in support of 629,000 Syrian women, men, boys and girls in Jordan. Underpinning the longstanding support to refugees operations globally, the contribution to the […]

First Arrivals at Azraq Camp

Jordan formally opens Azraq refugee camp, for Syrian refugees, in the desert east of the capital, Amman. UNHCR will help to run the camp, which has room for more than 100,000 refugees and was built to ease pressure on the […]


On March 8, International Women’s Day, the Child Protection and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Sub-Working Groups launched an inter-agency child protection and SGBV awareness-raising campaign called “Amani” (which means “my safety” in Arabic). The overall campaign message is “Our […]

Home Visits Report

UNHCR Jordan in cooperation with IRD has conducted over 92,000 home visits in Jordan in 2012 and 2013 to assess the needs of Syrian refugees living outside the camps. See the outcome of the report here:  

Malala Yousafzai in Zaatari Camp

Malala Yousafzai came to the Zaatari Refugee Camp with a message: children here want a future….they have dreams and need schools.

Malala Visits Jordan/Syria Border

Teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai visits the Jordanian border crossing at Hadalat where hundreds of Syrian refugees cross each day. The number of Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan has increased in recent days due to intensified […]

Filling the Information Vacuum for Syrian Refugees

When Syrian refugees have made their hazardous journey after being forced from their homes and familiar settings, their ordeal is not necessarily over when they reach security in Jordan. While safe, many risk exploitation and may even be charged for […]

UNHCR in massive sorting effort to return ID papers to Syrian refugees

Working around the clock, UNHCR staff in Jordan have been sorting through hundreds of thousands of precious, sometimes damaged, documents since July. Their goal: to return the papers to their Syrian owners, who handed over the documents on fleeing their […]

Festive but Subdued – Eid al-Adha in Zaatari

The Camp is quiet. Except for UNHCR essential staff, most humanitarian workers in the camp are off duty for two days to join the rest of the country celebrating Eid al-Adha, the most important Muslim holiday of the year. Marking […]

UNHCR slashes waiting time, clears backlog of Syrian registrations in Jordan

    IRBID, Jordan, October 3 (UNHCR) – The time that Syrians need to register as refugees in Jordan has been slashed from up to eight months to zero after the UN refugee agency rolled out new technology, added staff […]

Iris-scanning technology streamlines refugee registration process — UNHCR

Iris-scanning technology streamlines refugee registration process — UNHCR

UNHCR is now implementing Iris Scan for Refugee Registration.   Read the full article on the Jordan Time