Jordan’s population has doubled 12 times during the past 60 years, according to the United Nations. Large influxes of refugees from neighboring areas, including Palestine and Iraq, and most recently, hundreds of thousands from Syria, present significant challenges for Jordan, which possesses limited natural resources.
The United Nations reports that Jordan has done remarkably well in its fight against poverty; however, waves of population growth have strained the country’s infrastructure, resources and basic services, and affected the jobs opportunities available. Pockets of poverty remain, especially in rural communities.
Islamic Relief began working in Jordan in 1997.