CRS in Jordan

As a spiral of political tension and conflicts continue to grow in several neighboring countries, the monarchy and the government have succeeded in addressing key social and security issues, confirming Jordan as a stable and open country and a respected member of the international community.

In spite of its scarce resources, Jordan’s geographical location and its openness and stability have made it a safe haven for refugees over the past decade, first from Iraq and then from Syria. Today, Jordan is believed to host around 1.5 million refugees, in a general population of 7.9 million.  

While the majority of the Jordanian population is Muslim, there is a significant presence of Christian communities, dating back to the very beginning of Christianity. Arabic-speaking Orthodox and Catholic churches have a well-respected role in social life. 

In Jordan, CRS works with the local Caritas to provide —annually — critical assistance to more than 57,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees and poor Jordanians, including basic health and psychosocial services, education, shelter and non-food relief items. 

In addition, CRS works to provide legal assistance to female migrant workers in need of protection.

Stats

People Served: 144,631

Population: 8,117,564 (July 2015 est.)

Size: 34,495 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Indiana

CRS' History in Jordan

For the past 20 years, CRS has been providing support to the social action of the Catholic Church in Jordan, primarily through Caritas Jordan.

In addition to project-based assistance for poor and vulnerable people, CRS has helped Caritas Jordan find ways to promote the values Catholic Social Doctrine amongst local Catholic communities and attract young volunteers, also on an ecumenical and interfaith basis.

More recently, CRS started working with the Adaleh Center for Human Rights and Law, a secular Jordanian NGO, on protection for migrant women.

Currently, CRS has a presence in Amman which is hosted by Caritas Jordan.