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Jordan admits to barring entry of Palestinian refugees from Syria

Jordan, with half its population already estimated to be Palestinian, is concerned that admitting more Palestinians from Syria will alter its internal demographics and change the balance of power.
Syrian and Palestinian refugee children climb up a goalpost before the start of a soccer match in the Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman June 17, 2014. The football league between young Syrian and Palestinian refugees and Jordanian youth is organized by Oxfam and the al-Baqaa youth club to commemorate World Refugee Day, which falls on June 20. The matches aim to foster positive relationships between communities, fighting exclusion and marginalization, while promoting trust and friendship, accordi

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s leaders regularly highlight the country’s assistance to refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict. Jordan’s minister of planning and international cooperation, Ibrahim Sarif, told The New York Times that the presence of so many refugees from Syria in Jordan is equivalent to “the United States absorbing the entire population of Canada.”

Jordan’s embassy in Washington consistently posts self-complimentary messages from its Twitter account, such as a July 2 tweet: “#UNHCR’s @And_Harper praises #Jordan for its continued aid to #Syrian #refugees despite hurdles.” Yet the Jordanian government’s discrimination against Palestinian refugees fleeing the war in Syria — both at the border and inside Jordan — presents an alternative narrative.

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