Serious and Organized Crime in Jordan

28th February 2019
Author: Idris Iffat

This review presents findings on the prevalence and nature of serious and organized crime in Jordan, and efforts to combat this. The extremely limited literature on the topic indicates that Jordan has low levels of serious and organized crime: the main forms are smuggling of goods and drugs, and human trafficking. The influx of large numbers of Syrian refugees has promoted crime within refugee camps, but the impact on crime in Jordan overall appears limited. The review drew on academic and grey literature, as well as media reports. It found very little literature on the topics covered in the query, and nothing on the links between tribal groups and organized crime or on specific drivers of crime.

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Idris, I. (2019). Serious and organized crime in Jordan. K4D Helpdesk Report 537. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies


28th February 2019


Continent: Asia

Country: Jordan