Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Refugee Rights in Jordan in the Light of the Memorandum of Understanding "Application Study on Syrian Refugees"

Author(s): Omar Mahmoud AL- Makhzoumi, Sarah Mahmoud Al-Arasi

 The research dealt with Refugee Rights in Jordan, taking the Syrian refugees as an applied case, given the importance of the issue of asylum and the presence of refugees in large numbers inside Jordan. In addition to Jordan's failure to accede to the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 protocol, which is considered the basis for states to deal with refugee issues. This research discussed the legal mechanism used in dealing with refugees by clarifying the most important provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Jordanian government, its legal value, and the rights stipulated for refugees contained in the Memorandum of Understanding. With regard to the knowledge of the implementation of granting rights to refugees, the role of the official authorities concerned with providing basic rights, such as the right to work, the right to health care and the right to education, was addressed, and a field study was conducted in order to measure the extent to which Syrian refugees knew their rights and the percentage of their access to them, where 734 random samples of refugees were selected. For research, the questionnaire was distributed in their locations in Zaatari camp and outside the camp. The results of the questionnaire concluded that the Syrian refugees who are inside Jordan have obtained all of their rights as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Jordanian government and the High Commissioner for Refugees.

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