Investigation of the Living Conditions of ex-Gazan Palestinian Refugees in Jerash Camp


Project Name


Investigation of the Living Conditions of ex-Gazan Palestinian Refugees in Jerash Camp


Start Date January 2016
End Date


April 2016
Client Name FAFO Foundation, Norway



–      The project aimed to verify that stateless ex-Gazan Palestinian refugees in Jerash (who are prejudiced and lack rights enjoyed by a majority of Palestinian refugees in Jordan because they do not have Jordanian citizenship) are poorer off on most indicators of living conditions than all other groups of Palestinian refugees, including ex-Gaza refugees in other refugee camps. In order to better understand the reasons why this is the case, FAFO commissioned Infinitas International to conduct interviews in Jerash, Hitteen and Suf camps in Jordan.

Methods Used  

–       Structured qualitative individual and focus group interviews were undertaken with ex-Gazan Palestinian Refugees in Jerash and Hitteen Camp, in addition to interviews with Palestinians with full Jordanian citizenship.

Key Findings  

–       Ex-Gazans with 2 year temporary Jordanian passports are at a disadvantage to accessing livelihood opportunities compared to ex-Gazans residing in Hitteen Camp and Palestinians with a 5 year Jordanian passport.

–        Limited job opportunities for Palestinian refugees in Jerash have placed ex-Gazans in Jerash Camp at a greater disadvantage to accessing employment opportunities compared to those residing in Suf Camp.

–        Common strategies used to facilitate socio-economic mobility for ex-Gazans include marriage to full Jordanian citizenship holders, pursuing a higher education as well as aid dependency.

–        Palestinian refugees who were ex-Gazan women were at a greater disadvantage to men because, as well as facing challenges owing to their citizenship, they were also challenged by patriarchal structures.

–        Strong social bonds between Palestinian refugees who were ex-Gazan campdwellers has discouraged residents to seek better opportunities outside Jerash camp and work towards breaking the cycle of poverty that they experienced.