Late last year, I visited Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan with Oxfam GB, home to tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the appalling violence in Syria. They’re glad to be safe, but it’s impossible for them to feel hope for the future when it is so dangerous for them to think of returning home. Most Syrian refugees in Jordan can’t get work, yet many have professional skills that could help grow Jordan’s economy. Watch this short video as I talk about some of the projects that Oxfam is developing to offer them employment opportunities.
More than 1 million refugees have fled to Jordan, and the country provides some stability in a very conflicted region. I’m glad the UK and Jordanian governments are holding a joint conference in London next month to discuss how our two countries can work together to help Jordan to prosper, and I’ve been involved in some useful discussions with the government minister about the plans for that event, based on what I saw in Jordan. It’s our humanitarian duty to do all we can to support the Jordanians to host the refugees in their care; it’s also in all our interests that Jordan remains secure and successful.