Syrian Refugess in Jordan

ILO hosts meeting of international agencies and NGOs to discuss future interventions to assist Jordan’s Syrian refugee population and their host communities

Members meet to identify potential livelihoods programming options for both Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians and develop a clear direction for programming and advocacy opportunities that will feed into the development of an advocacy strategy for livelihoods actors for 2014-15.

The ILO will host a meeting between a number of representatives from the United Nations, as well as international non-governmental organizations to discuss sustainable livelihoods solutions for those affected by the Syria crisis in Jordan with the aim to identify livelihoods programming opportunities for 2014-2015.

The meeting will include technical staff and upper-level management in the cash transfer, livelihoods, protection, legal and policy sectors in Jordan, along with country directors and selected key informants who will discuss policy experiences from past refugee crisis in Jordan, as well as examine the positive and negative impact some of the current programming being implemented to tackle livelihoods issues in Jordan have. In addition, the workshop will examine the impact of the Syrian crisis on employment within Jordan in various sectors, including identifying areas of growth for Jordanian employment and business opportunities. Representatives will also look at the challenges and opportunities the current Jordanian labor laws and policies pose for access to employment for refugees in Jordan.

At a later date, workshop participants will reconvene for a wider discussion that will include technical experts from government ministries and donor representatives to identify government red lines, discuss donor-funding constraints, and collectively brainstorm solutions for more sustainable livelihoods opportunities for both Syrians and Jordanians.

The meetings are part of efforts of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), which is broad regional partnership strategy that aims to address refugee protection and humanitarian needs and strengthen the ability of communities and governments to cope with and recover from the Syrian refugee crisis.

One of the ILO’s major components of its Syria refugee crisis in Jordan so far has been contributing to building the resilience of host communities by enhancing access to employment opportunities and livelihoods.

As of July 2014, the number of individuals that had fled Syria to seek refuge in Jordan had reached 605,526. While around 100,000 refugees live in designated camps, the remaining refugee population has found shelter in host communities in rural and urban areas across Jordan, particularly in the cities of Amman, Mafraq and Irbid.