Since the outbreak of the crisis in Syria (2011), Jordan has to deal with a large number of Syrian refugees. At present, there are officially some 650,000 Syrian refugees living in the country, which has a population of around 10 million people. The Jordanian government still provides good asylum facilities in partnership with the international community. At the same time, the influx of people has put considerable pressure on social services, particularly in education and health care. Due to the difficult situation in neighbouring countries, Jordanian exports to and through these countries have decreased.
The Netherlands is committed to reaching and supporting the vulnerable in Jordanian society. Dutch support reaches both refugees and host communities and mainly focuses on education and employment. The correct schooling is provided through primary and vocational education. We are trying to create jobs by investing in the private sector and agriculture. In this way, Jordanian society is being supported during this difficult period. Dutch expertise in the fields of agriculture and water management is also particularly useful in Jordan at the present time.