The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the world’s leading organization for refugee issues since it was established in 1950. It is mandated worldwide to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees, provide life-saving assistance and resolve their problems. This means working with Governments, donors, humanitarian partners and refugees themselves to ensure that they are able to find safety in a host country, meet their daily needs in dignity, restart their lives and build their future, and have the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
To date, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of refugees and other groups in need of humanitarian support and protection. UNHCR is present in over 125 countries and has a workforce of close to 8,000 staff. UNHCR has been working in Jordan since 1991 in the context of the first Gulf war. Since then the number of refugees and asylum-seekers has increased, especially in the aftermath of the Iraqi war in the 2000’s and the Syria conflict since 2011.
Today, over 600 staff support some 620,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in the country. Approximately 95% of the refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR are from Syria. In cooperation with the Government of Jordan and humanitarian partners, UNHCR ensures that refugees – whether they live in or outside camps – are properly registered, have access to protection, legal assistance, shelter, core relief items, food, potable water, medical care, education and psychosocial support.