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In-depth study of Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan

Building on the results of a national sample survey, which showed that the living conditions of Palestinian refugees residing in Jordan’s refugee camps were poorer than those residing elsewhere, this study examines the socio-economic conditions of Palestinian camp refugees more extensively.

Data were mainly collected through a multi-topic household sample survey implemented in 12 Palestinian refugee camps during the spring and summer of 1999. Altogether 2,590 households were successfully interviewed. The survey was complemented with 13 focus group interviews in two of the camps.

The study was implemented by Fafo in collaboration with the Department of Statistics and the Refugees, Displaced Persons & Forced Migration Studies Center at Yarmouk University. The Department of Palestinian Affairs coordinated the work, which was mainly financed by the Government of Norway with additional contributions from the USA, Sweden and Canada.

Data from this study have also been used in other projects, such as "UNRWA's Financial Crisis and Socio-economic Condition of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza" and “Living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Jordan (2011-2012)”.

The report was translated to Arabic by Dr. Ali Zaghal at Yarmouk University with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The study was set within the framework of the Refugee Working Group (RWG) in the multilateral Middle East peace process.




Åge A. Tiltnes

Marwan Khawaja

Akram Atallah

Hani Eldada


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