US donates USD 556 mln to Jordan for Syrian refugees – official
AMMAN: US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard affirmed Monday that her country has so far donated a total of USD 556 million worth of aid to Jordan as part of its commitments towards Syrian refugees.
The US government has recently pledged USD 509 million to Syrian refugees during the third international donors’ conference, hosted by Kuwait on March 31st, Richard said in a press statement, noting that a USD 67 million of that pledge were allocated to Jordan.
She also mentioned that Washington has received 700 Syrian refugees, pointing out that the number could increase to between 1,000 and 2,000 refugees by September of this year.
Meanwhile, Richard commended the Kingdom’s efforts in accommodating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, stressing the importance of assisting host communities in the Jordan.
Earlier this year, Jordan has launched the Jordan Response Plan 2015, seeking USD 2.9 billion in order to address needs of Syrian refugees on its lands.
According to official Jordanian data, around 1.4 million Syrian nationals are currently living in the Kingdom, among whom half have migrated following the outbreak of crisis in March, 2011, while the other half have been living there prior to the crisis.