Massing Syrians at Jordan's border could be a sign of things to come in 2016
What Jordan's border crowds says about the Hashemite Kingdom, it's refugees and what might change in 2016. (AFP/File)
This week, Jordan admitted some 12,000 refugees were stranded at the border with Syria—and the number is only getting higher.
This comes after public denial on the part of the Jordanian government in the face of a similar claim made by humanitarian aid groups working in the area in December.
Especially in light of Europe's recent acknowledgement of the global refugee crisis, the plight of Middle Eastern countries like Jordan—who have bore the fullest brunt of Syria's five year conflict—have drawn increasing awareness. But that hasn't necessarily brought more funding for aid, nor has it always made the situation better for over one million refugees living in the country.
Jordan also made headlines in December when police deported some 600 Sudanese refugees who'd spent the last month protesting their living conditions outside UNHCR headquarters in the capital Amman.
Some 600,000 Syrians are registered with the UNHCR in Jordan—though government officials say the number is actually some 1.4 million. But the Syrians only make up ther greatest chunk of refugees in the country. The other portion are at least 100,000 from 40 different countries, according to UNHCR figures.
As Syria's war continues and Iraq instability shows little sign of leveling off, that number will likely only increase.
And while the Jordanian government has acknowledged the border crowds, government spokesperson Mohammed Momani says mass entry is unlikely because of security concerns, reminding us that in 2016, refugees may be facing more barriers than just getting to Europe.
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