U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visits the Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. REUTERS/ Muhammad Hamed
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On the doorstep of Syria's conflict, Jordan is pinning hopes on this week's donor conference in London to ease the burden on its debt-riddled economy of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees.Jordan hosts more than 630,000 of the roughly 4.6 million Syrian refugees overseas, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.In 2016 alone, the refugees will cost Jordan $2.7 billion, according to Amman.Jordan last year started to limit the inflow, insisting it must screen newcomers to ensure they are genuine refugees and not extremists seeking to infiltrate the country.In contrast Jordan and Lebanon, another neighboring country flooded with Syrian refugees, have given far more than their fair share, it said.
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