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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen take a tour at the main center of the World Food Program during their visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, near the border with Syria, on Jan. 24, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen take a tour at the main center of the World Food Program during their visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, near the border with Syria, on Jan. 24, 2014.
(MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS)

PATRICK MARTIN

Weary Jordan pines for Mideast peace as its cauldron of refugees grows

Descending by helicopter into the Zaatari Refugee Camp in northern Jordan, you get a good view of the more than 120,000 Syrians forced to live here, cheek by jowl in container–sized prefabricated shelters and flapping canvas tents. What you don’t see is the effect that this and other flows of refugees have on Jordan, a country with the 144th highest gross domestic product per capita in the world, and little capacity to care for them all.