in Jordan

Palestinian refugee camps

Jordan is the country which hosted the largest number of Palestinians: one million and seven hundred thousand Palestinians fled as a result of the conflict in 1948 and 1967 wars.

In Jordan there are 13 refugee camps: Ten are officially recognized by UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency) and three are “unofficial” camps. In the camps the majority of population lives in bad conditions.

The refugee camps created after the war of 1948:

  • Zarqua
  • Irbid
  • El-Hussein
  • Al-Wihdat Camp
  • Madaba

The refugee camps created after the war of 1967:

  • Talbieh
  • Hitteen
  • Sukhneh
  • Baqa'a
  • Jerash
  • Souf
  • Azmi Al-mufti camp
  • Prince Hassan

For further information on the 13 camps:

According to the Jordanian Citizenship Law, Palestinians were granted Jordanian Citizenship. Article 3 of the 1954 law states that a Jordanian national is: ‘Any person with previous Palestinian nationality except the Jews before the date of May 15, 1948 residing in the Kingdom during the period from December 20, 1949 and February 16, 1954.’

Under UNRWA's operational definition, Palestinian refugees are persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.

The Jordanian government is in charge of the camp basic infrastructures through the Department of Palestinian Affairs (DPA).

For further information on Palestinian refugee camps download the Oroub Al Abed document.