Palestinian refugees who have entered from conflict zones, including Syria, to Jordan irregularly are living under continuous risk of arrest, detention and potential for forced deportation. (File photo via The Independent)
The Jordanian authorities have banned a Palestinian family from returning to Syria after they failed to pay a fine of 4,600 Jordanian dinars (2,500 USD).
Palestinian refugees who illegally entered Jordan holding Syrian travel documents are required by the Jordanian authorities to pay a sum of a dinar and a half (over 2 USD) on every day spent in Jordan starting their entry date.
In appeals emailed to AGPS, a Palestinian woman said she has sought to return to Syria due to her dire situation in Jordan, where she has been forced to pay her house furniture in AlMafraq city. She attempted to enter Syria with her family through Jaber Naseeb border crossing but the Jordanian authorities blocked their access to the Syrian territories and asked them to pay a fine of 4,600 Jordanian dinars.
The family have sought shelter at their relative’s house before they moved to AlHadika refugee camp in Ramtha city.
The family urged the Jordanian authorities to exempt them from such charges due to their dire socio-economic condition.
They further called on UNRWA to work out their legal situation and pressurize the Jordanian authorities to backtrack on the fines.
Palestinian refugees in Jordan are confronted with increased hardship and vulnerability, due to long-term displacement and difficult socio-economic conditions, coupled with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNRWA said Palestinian refugees in Jordan are highly vulnerable and hundreds of recorded refugees are members of female-headed households, which increases their vulnerability.
Palestinian refugees who have entered from conflict zones, including Syria, to Jordan irregularly are living under continuous risk of arrest, detention and potential for forced deportation. Their lack of legal status and corresponding protection risks in Jordan are a source of major concern.