- The psyche of the Jordanian people, I think it's gotten to a boiling point. It hurt us when it comes to the educational system, our healthcare. Sooner or later, I think the dam is going to burst and I think this week is going to be very important for Jordanians to see, is there going to be help - not only for Syrian refugees but for their own future as well. They realize that if they don't help Jordan, it's going to be more difficult for them to deal with the refugee crisis. The international community, we've always stood shoulder to shoulder by your side. We're now asking for your help, you can't say no this time.
- King Abdullah of Jordan, Catholic Online (January 4, 2016), "'Dam will burst' if West does not come to aid of Syrian refugees, King of Jordan warns"
- There is a limit to how much the country can take; you don’t want us to collapse. “You don’t want our economic plans, our economic reform to be disrupted . . . You don’t want Jordan to be destabilised.
- Abdullah Ensour, the Prime Minister of Jordan on Syrian refugees entering Jordan, quoted on Ft, "Jordan seeks international aid in deal over Syrian refugees", February 1, 2016.
- The politicians come from a museum. Jordan has taken for granted the people’s fear of the regional situation to keep business as usual.
- Amer Sabailah, a local analyst, Economist, (February 6th, 2016), "At boiling point"
- The problem is IS has offered a vision to our young, disenfranchised people. Jordan will not survive unless our leaders offer the same
- Jumana Ghneimat, the editor of Al Ghad, a local paper in Jordan, on IS attacking Jordan and young recruitment, quoted on Economist, "At boiling point", February 6, 2016.
- Jordan itself is a beautiful country. It is wild, with limitless deserts where the Bedouin roam, but the mountains of the north are clothed in green forests, and where the Jordan River flows it is fertile and warm in winter. Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness. Dotted with the ruins of empires once great, it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow. I love every inch of it.
- Cited in: Arab Information Center, The Arab World , 1965, p. 30
- Jordan has a very high population of nonnationals and over half the new jobs created annually are reportedly filled by foreign workers
- Economists and researchers are debating the reasons for high unemployment rates among Jordanians and the economic impact of Syrian refugees, according to the International Labour Organization, quoted on New York Times, "Jordan Struggles Under a Wave of Syrian Refugees", February 13, 2016.