12.2017/ Suha Labadi, National Project Coordinator, ILO Jordan
The entry of Syrians into the Jordanian labour market has exacerbated an already challenging situation. In Jordan, three groups of workers currently exist and in significant numbers: Jordanians, migrant workers and Syrian refugees.
To address the existing challenges for the three groups, the ILO with financing from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), conducted a study, based on the interview of 1,000 key informants in five sectors: Agriculture, construction, domestic work, manufacturing and Tourism.
The study aims at providing solutions to boost Jordanian employment, to ensure decent working conditions for all including migrant workers, and to facilitate the entry of Syrian refugees into formal jobs, in line with Jordan's commitment under the Jordan Compact.
Three findings stand out
Four main categories of recommendations emerged including:
The Government of Jordan has an essential role to play in articulating the type of economy Jordan aspires to have, and in shaping a regulatory framework that allows the private sector to attract and retain the talents it needs. At the same time, the international community should continue to contribute support, because of the global good Jordan is providing by hosting refugees, and the need to foster growth and stability in the country.
complete study can be accessed at: http://www.ilo.org/beirut/publications/WCMS_556931/lang--en/index.htm