UK offers financial aid to Jordan

The United Kingdom announced earlier this week that it will give Jordan 12 million pounds (19 million dollars) to help local communities in the kingdom to cope with the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

According to Justine Greening, the British International Development Secretary, Jordan will receive an urgent support from the UK to maintain essential public services and to avoid tensions between the local population and the growing number of Syrian refugees, as the competition for jobs is increasing.

Thus, the UK will provide £ 12 million over the next two years to ensure that Jordanian municipal governments can meet the needs of local communities, and refugees who have fled the fighting in Syria. According to a statement from the British embassy, the British support will help Jordan keep construction and maintenance of roads, garbage collection, street lighting, pest control and water supply.

Jordan hosts over 500,000 Syrian refugees, especially in the north, particularly in the Zaatari refugee camp, where around 120,000 people are settled.

The Jordanians have repeatedly asked for help, saying that the growing influx of refugees has put a huge burden on the already overburdened water service and electricity, as well as housing and education.

The International Monetary Fund Saturday recommended the release of 258 million dollars to Jordan as part of a loan of 2 billion dollars over three years, approved in August 2012, to help the kingdom to facing regional instability.

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