Patricia Flor, Head of the Directorate-General for the United Nations and Global Issues at the Federal Foreign Office, travelled to Jordan for talks from 13 to 14 October. Her visit focused on the crisis in Syria and included encounters with Syrian refugees and talks with aid organisations in Jordan.
Flor visited a number of humanitarian aid projects supported by the Federal Government in the course of her stay. In Amman, she visited a centre for the psychosocial care of Syrian refugees and needy Jordanian families, which was set up by UNICEF with German support.
She discussed the current challenges posed by the refugee situation with refugees and international volunteers on her visit to the Zaatari refugee camp on the border with Syria. In Amman, Flor held talks with representatives from UN organisations working on the ground. Moreover, her meeting with Leena Al-Hadid, the Head of Department for International Relations at Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focused on the current situation in the region.
German assistance for Jordan
According to official United Nations figures, there are currently more than 600,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan (either registered with UNHCR or in the registration process). Germany is supporting a wide range of measures in Jordan to assist both Syrian refugees and affected Jordanian municipalities. As of September 2014, the Federal Government has provided almost 163 million euros for the measures in Jordan.