9 May 2013: More than 1.2 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in March 2011. As the emergency intensified, the number of Syrian refugees seeking shelter in Jordan has increased significantly. Some 155,000 refugees arrived in Jordan in the first three months of 2013. As of 31 March 2013, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that about 390,000 people were waiting to register in Jordan. Among these, more than 50 per cent are children.