Kawar, UK immigration minister discuss refugee issue developments

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mary Kawar, discussed on Wednesday with the UK Immigration Minister, Caroline Knox, the economic challenges facing Jordan and the consequences of the Syrian refugee crisis.

In this context, Kawar called on the international community to continue providing assistance to the Kingdom and assume its responsibilities towards the cause of refugees.

Kawar lauded the UK’s support for Jordan, and said the hosting of more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in the Kingdom had an impact on various sectors and services provided by the government.

“Jordan is a model for the world to follow suit in terms of receiving refugees and sharing resources with them,” she pointed out.

During the meeting, which was attended by the British ambassador to the Kingdom Edward Oakden, Kawar said Jordan resorted to the development dimension in tackling the influx of Syrian refugees after the focus was on the humanitarian aspect during the beginning of the crisis.

She stressed the need to coordinate international efforts to provide the appropriate support to the Kingdom to shoulder the burden of hosting Syrians, particularly the aid aimed at the education and health sectors, in addition to enhancing the role of women.

For her part, Knox praised Jordan’s role in welcoming the Syrian refugees and continuing to provide support and assistance to them, expressing her country’s understanding of the challenges facing Jordan as a result of the refugee crisis and the burdens of hosting Syrians.

The UK government has announced the expansion of the resettlement program for vulnerable people by allowing the resettlement of a number of Syrian refugees from Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey in Britain, Knox said.

Source: Jordan News Agency