Inside Jordan: Life after the Syrian War

Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, millions of Syrians have settled throughout Jordan, a country of approximately nine million. While most entered through Zaatari, one of the world’s largest refugee camps, thousands have been forced to integrate directly into Jordanian towns such as as Amman, Mafraq, and Ma'an. Over the last six years, millions of Syrians have become an integral and inseparable part of Jordanian life and have begun new lives in hopes of the stability and peace they once cherished in their not too distant homeland. 

These Syrian families are  becoming a critical part of the societal infrastructure of many communities across Jordan integrating both socially and economically, but how is this influx from the north affecting Jordanian identity? Six years removed from the war and with children of their own for whom home is none other than Jordan, how has the identity of Syrian families evolved, if at all? Are they somehow less Syrian and more Jordanian?

Elections Do Not Mean Democracy

Elections are not a bad thing. But for the sake of our own commitment to honesty, let us not deceive ourselves into believing that Jordan is democratizing.