24- 28 28 February 2019
Amman, the northern governorate of Mafraq, and the Za’atari Camp. Of the approximately 80% of Syrian refugees in Jordan who do not live in a refugee camp, 30% live in Amman and 25% in Mafraq. More than 70,000 refugees live in the Za’atari Camp.
120 refugees (approx.) participated in 8 focus group discussions (FGD) of women, men and youth (20 and below), as well as one-to-one interviews. Out-of-camp FGD gathered 12 people each, with a wrap-up session in which all groups were represented. The FGD in the Za’atari Camp was the most numerous one, with some 50 participants.
Most participants were originally from Syria’s neighboring regions to Jordan, mainly Homs and Der’aa, but also the Damascus suburbs.
The majority of men had left education early and worked as farmers, builders, butchers... but most of them do not currently work in Jordan, or only informally, and many of them have medical disabilities. Women, with very few exceptions, were housewives, with some of them developing volunteer work. Many of the youth discontinued education since coming to Jordan, with only some 25% of mainly males that study and/or work in the informal sector, and some of the females been married at an early age. The team also conducted one-to-one interviews with Syrians liberal professionals and businessmen belonging to the upper-middle class who are settled in Jordan due to the conflict but not necessarily claimed refugee status.
Author: Esther Kestemont
Publication date: Oct. 2, 2019