Syrian refugees remain deserted as Syrians go towards Europe. In 2012, Jordan was an area which was not inhabited. However, things changed in 2013, when the area became populated by almost 156,000 Syrians, making it a big center.
Now, the area faces depopulation, as many Syrians try to improve their lives by heading to Middle East and Europe.
Those who made business in this area are now affected by the depopulation phenomena. Shadi Arour, a businessman from the region selling candies and cigarettes, stated that his shop’s selling decreased with almost 75% over the last 2 years.
“Before there was movement, people, now we stop during the week, people only buy tea and cigarettes, and the only traffic is on Fridays. Almost one out of two shops has closed,” he claimed.
Shadi Arour has his shop on the main road, in a region called Champs-Elysées, but this didn’t help him too much.
Now, many people gather at the Jordan’s Interior Ministry, where they try to obtain permits in order to go out of the camp. That seems to be their main activity. The permits allow the Ministry to keep an eye on the number of refugees and to help them with food together with other worldwide agencies.
Since 2011, more than 630,000 refugees have been registered.
The route these refugees take can sometimes be very dangerous. But in their attempt of living better lives, they assume the risks. Some of them fly from Amman to Turkey. From there, they head to Greece. Others having less money join military fleets which brings them to the Nasib borders, which they try to cross. That may be the final destination for some, as they are caught and returned to Syria. The lucky ones who escape head to Turkey, otherwise a very risky journey, as they may encounter armed bands.
According to some statistics made in July by the U.N. refugee agency, 60 Syrians would leave the camp each day. In recent weeks, however, their number reached 300.
Those who choose to remain in the camp try to improve their lives, but better living conditions need time and money, they say.
Electricity is not permanent in the camp and people are waiting for it in order to watch television. There, they see their compatriots facing poorness and difficulties while traveling through Europe.
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