Specific area: LM - Integration issues
Duration: May 2022 - Ongoing
Jordan continues to be one of the most important hosts of refugees in the world, with 89 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants. The country's history is closely intertwined with migration, with past waves of migration having a significant impact on Jordan's political, economic, social, and urban landscape.
The Greater Irbid Municipality is situated in the Northern Region of Jordan and is the third most populous city in the country. It has been a significant hub for Syrian workers who would travel to and between the north of Jordan and their native villages in Syria for several years. However, the conflict in Syria has had a severe impact on the situation. Over one million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in Jordanian territories.
Irbid is making commendable efforts towards integrating Syrian refugees. The municipality has reserved a significant portion of its budget, for providing support to refugees.
Moreover, the Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme has opened up several avenues for the integration of Syrian refugees and other immigrants.
The municipality recognizes the need to shift from solely relying on emergency response to implementing capacity development policies. They aim to achieve this by adapting local programs that promote sustainable inclusion and integration of refugees.
The MIEUX+ team and partners will create a roadmap for sustainable inclusion of refugees and concrete actions that will help to improve service delivery, catalyse employment opportunities for refugees and provide avenues for social, cultural and political integration.