Host communities in Jordan and Lebanon now face a myriad of socioeconomic pressures stemming from the refugee crisis, including:
- An increase in labour supply which results in increased employment competition as well as downward pressure on wages, particularly among low-income and low productivity jobs;
- a rise in market demand which exerts upward pressure on consumer goods;
- a decrease in access and quality of public services including utilities, infrastructure, healthcare and education.
- an increase in child labour among refugees and host community residents, including the worst forms of child labour; and
- rising social tensions and lower social cohesion among refugees and host community residents.
The ILO ResponseAs the Syrian refugee crisis continues, the evolving nature of the crisis necessitates a response that encompasses humanitarian and development interventions which provide access to livelihoods and decent employment. As part of the wider UN-response to the refugee crisis, the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States has adopted a cross-cutting development-focused strategy in Lebanon and Jordan which supports both refugees and host community residents in order to preserve social and economic stability as well as realise the rights of both to decent work and social justice.
As such, the ILO strategy builds on existing country programmes in both Lebanon and Jordan to implement country-specific interventions that focus on the following areas of response to:
- Build the resilience of host communities in order to facilitate access to employment and livelihood opportunities;
- strengthen institutional capacity and coordination mechanisms at local, regional and national levels to combat unacceptable forms of work with a focus on child labour; and
- support policy development to ensure an employment-rich national response, embedded in the principles of decent work.
Inclusion of Refugees and Displaced Persons in the Labour Market with a Humanitarian Development Focus: Case Studies and Good Practices
04 December 2019
A knowledge sharing event, focusing on good practices in “the inclusion of refugees and displaced persons in the labour market with a humanitarian development nexus,” was held in Jordan in December 2019. The following case studies were presented at the event, highlighting labour market challenges at a time of crisis and innovative solutions that practically address the needs of refugees/displaced persons and countries hosting them – through key themes, models of intervention, and good practices.
06 October 2019
Under the framework of the ILO/UNDP/UNICEF project, entitled “Employment and Peacebuilding: Building Bridges Amongst ‘Youth at Risk’ in Lebanon” funded by the Peacebuilding Fund, the ILO provided Lebanese and Syrian refugee youth with non-financial and financial support for the establishment of Lebanese-Syrian joint-income generating initiatives as a way to create employment opportunities and decrease tension among host communities and Syrian refugees.
11 July 2019
A group of Syrian and Jordanian women who received ILO support to set up a joint business venture producing and selling sweets and other foods, have found success.