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.
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.
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.
No country can guarantee that it will hold off terrorism forever. But by maintaining a high level of professionalism among its security forces, responding to protests in a relatively peaceful manner, and establishing constructive relations with Islamists, Jordan has limited the ISIS threat. And in a region that seems to be falling apart, that is an accomplishment worth acknowledging.
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.
In a region wracked by instability, the relative calm in Jordan -- as well as the seemingly enduring U.S. security commitment -- provides undeniable appeal for investors. Given the regional turmoil, Jordan's 2015 growth rate of 3.1 percent, up from 2.8 percent in 2014, is no doubt impressive. Yet the kingdom nevertheless faces several persistent economic challenges.
Jordan continues to provide asylum for a large number of Syrians, Iraqis and other refugees, despite the substantial strain on national systems and infrastructure. This pressure has become even more acute over the past two years, as the global financial crisis has had an impact on Jordan's economic situation and infrastructure for water, electricity, waste management, education and health care.