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The Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in northeast Jordan.
The Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in northeast Jordan.
(Salah Malkawi For The Globe and Mail)

PATRICK MARTIN

How Canada can make a difference in the Middle East

There’s one country in the Middle East that’s a lot like Canada – Jordan. The Hashemite Kingdom, as it is known, has a relatively small population compared to its neighbours Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Its people are friendly, highly literate and law-abiding. Indeed, the World Bank says Jordan is the least corrupt of all the small and medium-sized nations in the region. Like Canada, much of Jordan is almost uninhabited, with 90 per cent of the people concentrated in less than 10 per cent of its territory. Its head of state is a monarch, and it’s the cleanest country in the Middle East.