Irbid, Jordan: A Case Report of Refugees in Towns

This Jordanian city is now inhabited by more Syrian refugees than Jordanian hosts. These new arrivals joined Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, as well as southeast Asian and Western economic migrants. Yet the most profound changes in the city—affecting and being affected by refugees’ integration—are megatrends affecting cities the world over: water resources scarcity, a globalizing economy, and rapid population growth. This report provides a view from the ground of a rapidly changing city.