Jordan launches 2016 National Child Labour Survey

The National Child Labour Survey aims to provide up-to-date data on working children in Jordan, including Syrian refugees.

Under the patronage of His Excellency Ali Ghazawi, Minister of Labour, the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies, in collaboration with the ILO, will release a summary report on the main findings of the 2016 Jordan National Child Labour Survey.

The survey, conducted by the Centre for Strategic Studies in collaboration with ILO, the Ministry of Labour and the Department of Statistics, covers around 20,000 households from across all 12 governorates, including the Zaatari refugee camp. It focuses on working children between the ages of 5–17 years, including Syrian refugees, as well as other migrant worker households resident in Jordan.

The survey is the first to provide updated comprehensive data on child labour in Jordan, since an ILO-supported national child labour survey was conducted by the Department of Statistics with the support of the ILO in 2007 in coordination with the Ministry of Labour.

Technical and financial support was provided by the ILO for the current survey under its project “Moving towards a Child Labour Free Jordan” which is working with national partners to implement the National Framework to Combat Child Labour that aims to tackle the issue throughout the Kingdom.