Refugees in Jordan: Sociological perspective

Fayez A. Simadi, Ghazi S. Nahar

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Purpose This paper aims to provide a thorough historical, legal, or political narrative of the refugee camps in Jordan. Design/methodology/approach The study has analyzed three parts: the first part attempts to clarify Jordan's policy toward Palestinian refugees and their socioeconomic status in Jordan. The second part examines the refugee settlements in Jordan as social systems and applies Parsons' four functions system (AGIL). The third part analyzes the interrelationships between refugees and local host communities from the perspective of Coser's conflict functionalism. Findings Results indicated that the Palestine refugees have found in Jordan a second home to protect them and help them to survive in dignity. And Coser's functional conflict theory seems more applicable to the refugee situation in Jordan than Parsons' theory. Originality/value The study offers some new information and data about the situation of Palestine refugees in Jordan that are very limited or not offered in the libraries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Responsibility Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 5 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Jordan
  • Middle East
  • Palestine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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