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Refugees in Jordan

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According to U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated nine million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011. Jordan is among the countries most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. Nearly 10 percent of the country’s population are refugees from Syria. 

Nearly 81 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan are living outside of camps, in local communities, and 86 percent of the refugees are living below the Jordanian poverty line, according to UNHCR. The number of food-insecure Syrian refugee families has also increased from six percent in 2014 to 22 percent in early 2015. As a result, refugee and host communities resort to negative coping strategies such as early marriage, child labor, and survival sex.