Jordan Opens Syrian Refugee Camps
By Micah Halpern
Monday July 30, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Jordan gave permission to the United Nations to establish 200 refugee camps for Syrians seeking safe haven from the crisis in Syria.
Thus far 140,000 refugees have crossed into Jordan where the camps will accommodate up to a million. Until now Jordan was reluctant to permit camps thinking that camps will create their own problems. The number of refugees Jordan permits to cross the border per day has increased from 500 to 1000 and may be as many as 2000.
Now the Syrians are helping the UN establish the refugee camps. The first was opened yesterday on the Syrian border.
The Zaatari Camp was opened with 500 new refugees. It will eventually hold 120,000.
Jordan is preparing for the worse possible scenario. Kudos to Jordan.
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