REACH Evaluates the Effect of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Stability and Resilience in Jordanian Host Communities : Preliminary Impact Assessment

March 13, 2014

Despite a significant effort of the humanitarian community to address basic needs and services delivery to Syrian refugees living in Jordan, institutions and service providers throughout the country, particularly in Northern communities, are still experiencing difficulties considering the constant growth of the population.

REACH, in partnership with the British Embassy in Amman, is identifying the specific points of tension that have emerged as a result of the increasing strain on finite resources and services, while assessing resilience and stability of communities hosting refugees.impact-001

The ‘Evaluating the Effect of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Stability and Resilience in Jordanian Host Communities: Preliminary Impact Assessment’ report  outlines what has emerged so far. Combining micro-level information gathered through interviews with Jordanians and Syrians, with a review of secondary data, REACH found that competition over employment and challenges in accessing housing and education are key points of tensions between host communities and Syrian refugees. At the macro level, key points of tension on were found to include solid waste management and the provision of healthcare and water services.  An important finding highlighted in the report, is that many factors contributing to the strain on resources and services in host communities pre-date the Syrian crisis, which has now been exacerbated by the increasing refugee population.

Over the coming months, REACH will conduct in-depth focus group discussions with Syrian refugees, Jordanians, and local administrations in 160 Jordanian communities, to identify the specific points of stress in each community and enable humanitarian actors to develop interventions that alleviate tensions.

You can access the full report here.

To read more about the developments in Jordan and how REACH is contributing to better planning, please visit Jordan country page