AMMAN — The Press and Publications Department (PPD) on Thursday said it has issued more than 2,200 permits for journalists to report on Syrian refugees in the Kingdom's camps over the past 12 months.

"We receive applications from all over the world from media outlets and media activists wishing to visit the refugee camps," PPD press officer Ayman Arabiyat told The Jordan Times. 

"More than 3,600 journalists have visited the Zaatari camp since it was inaugurated in July last year," he said.

Arabiyat noted that it takes from 24 to 48 hours to issue security permits for journalists, adding that the permit enables its holder to visit all camps hosting Syrian refugees.

"Any journalist who seeks to visit Syrian refugee camps needs to submit a copy of his/her passport and a cover letter from his/her media outlet," he said. 

"The department offers its services for free to media professionals, and most of the applications are sent to the department via e-mail," Arabiyat added. 

Despite the large number of applications, the department has never received any requests from Russian or Iranian journalists to visit Syrian refugee camps, the PPD official noted.

According to recent government figures, Jordan is currently hosting more than 560,000 Syrian refugees, over 150,000 of whom are housed at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near the border city of Mafraq, 80km northeast of Amman.

Jordan has repeatedly appealed to the international community for assistance in tackling the social and economic pressures the Syrian crisis has been imposing on the Kingdom.