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Syria refugees 'could hit 40% of Jordan population'

Syrian elderly refugees walk at the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan, Monday, April 29, 2013. Jordan's economy is ailing and some lawmakers have expressed concerns over the rising numbers of Syrian refugees in the resource-poor kingdom. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

ROME: The number of Syrian refugees flooding into Jordan could make up some 40 percent of the kingdom's population by the middle of 2014, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said Thursday.

"We have 10 percent of our population today, in the form of Syrian refugees, it is expected to rise to about 20 to 25 percent given the current rates by the end of this year, and possibly to about 40 percent by the middle of 2014," Judeh told US Secretary of State John Kerry at the start of talks in Rome.

 

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