Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Thomas Lobe




palestinian, united, unrwa, king, education, politics


Over 1.4 million Syrians have fled to Jordan since 2011 as a result of the brutal, ongoing conflict in Syria. Just as the Palestinians fled Israel these last 67 years, the newly arrived Syrian refugees are an ignored actor in a cruel game between the Jordanian state, the United Nations Agencies, the United States and interested non-state actors. The resulting human rights violations, including denial of rights to work, healthcare, education, and movement, are not accidental but are sanctioned by the Jordanian state. This thesis analyzes Jordan’s history with the Palestinian refugees; the motivations and implementation of policies excluding Palestinians from integrating into Jordanian society, and compares these policies Jordan’s current decisions regarding the treatment of Syrian refugees. Through research of Jordanian ministries such as the Ministries of Interior, Education, and Health, and data provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) we find that the exclusive policies which affected the Palestinians are the template which the Kingdom of Jordan will use to deny Syrians the services and care they desperately need.