An Unwelcome Wave? Jordan’s Water Policy and the Influx of Syrian Refugees

The Mujib-Talsperre Dam, one of Jordan’s rare water sources. Photo by Zetaxeta, Wikimedia Commons Jordan is a country almost entirely lacking in natural resources. Although this may have allowed it to remain a stable hub in an otherwise shaky region, ever since the Arab-Israeli War in 1948 Jordan has seen a steady influx of refugees from  neighbouring countries, speeding up the depletion of the country’s already scarce resources. What Jordan lacks most urgently is water. Unlike other Arab countries Jordan can’t use oil revenue to secure a potential water supply but will instead have to approach the problem in a conventional manner, albeit with almost no conventional resources.

By Jacob Berntson