UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is aware of the challenges the current economic situation faced by all people living in Jordan and beyond is putting on energy markets. The UN entity follows the complex reform by the Government of Jordan closely and appreciates that it extended the initial support on the electricity to 35,000 families of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee households for additional six months until October 2022 to smoothen the transition.
Electricity, food and rent are among the areas on which refugees living outside of camps have to spend their limited resources, mainly based on UN assistance and – in some cases – humble livelihoods income. UNHCR’s vulnerability assessment framework reflects the impact of the challenging economic situation on refugee households which is the result of the compound effect of the COVID-19 hit to the Jordanian economy and the cost-of-living crisis driven by external factors.
UNHCR continues to work hand in hand with the Jordanian authorities to mitigate related challenges and has repeatedly called on the international community to sustain their support to refugees and the hospitable host country Jordan.
The statement can be attributed to the UNHCR Representative in Jordan, Dominik Bartsch.