Jordan has granted more than 430,000 work permits since 2016 – UNHCR

Zaatari refugee camp
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AMMAN – More than 430,000 work permits have been issued to Syrian refugees in Jordan since their authorization to work in various sectors in 2016. A report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) states that last year saw a record number of work permits issued to Syrian refugees, reaching 90,000 permits, which aligns with the figure announced by the Ministry of Labor.اضافة اعلان

The UNHCR has reported the issuance of approximately 430,500 work permits in Jordan since Syrian refugees were officially granted the right to work, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The Ministry of Labor grants Syrian workers specific and temporary work permits, which are renewable "To ensure their presence in the labor market is legal and does not violate the provisions of the Labor Law, thus avoiding any legal action in this regard."

Syrian refugees have been allowed to work in various sectors since 2016 after the international community pledged to finance and expand trade under the Jordan Compact, an initiative aimed at improving access to education and legal work for Syrian refugees who were forced to flee their homes.

Reducing the need for humanitarian aid
The UNHCR representative in Jordan, Dominik Bartsch, stated last year that "allowing refugees to work reduces the need to rely on humanitarian aid, such as cash assistance, that can be directed to support the most vulnerable among them."

Previously, Syrian refugees in Jordan were only permitted to work in agriculture, construction, and manufacturing. However, in 2021, exceptions were granted to work in other sectors, including healthcare to assist in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UNHCR.

Since July 2021, Syrian refugees have been able to obtain work permits in all sectors open to non-Jordanians, meaning they can work in services, sales, crafts, agricultural labor, forestry, fishing, factory work, machine operation, and basic industries, according to the UNHCR.
Refugees can play a significant role in the Jordanian economy and must do so, according to the UNHCR representative in Jordan, Bartsch.

Jordan has hosted more than 1.3 million Syrians since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, including 642,888 Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR as of February 18.

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