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A stable country in spite of the mass influx of Syrian refugees.
Though Jordan has an average human development index (HDI) value, there is still evidence of significant inequalities within the population. It is known to be one of the most stable countries in the region. More than 620,000 Syrian refugees are currently living there. Among the new refugees, a growing number of vulnerable people have been identified. On their arrival, they find themselves in an unknown environment with no resources, and often require emergency support.
In April 2014, a survey conducted in Lebanon and Jordan by Handicap International, working in collaboration with HelpAge International, found that 5.7% of refugees, i.e. more than 90,000 people, had serious injuries. Moreover, in three out of four cases these injuries will lead to a permanent disability due to their severity and the lack of medical attention.
Status of people with disabilities
People with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable population groups in Jordan, particularly if they live in rural or isolated areas. A major step forward in protecting their rights was achieved when Jordan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008. However, people with disabilities have very little involvement in developing public policy.
Download the latest publications
- Advocacy briefing - Humanitarian Response: how to include everyone? (2015) (pdf, 687.28 KB)
- Advocacy briefing - Gender and disability (2015) (pdf, 282.71 KB)
- Advocacy briefing - Education for All? (2015) (pdf, 1.68 MB)
- Advocacy briefing - A human right to health (2015) (pdf, 792.64 KB)