Towards Formalisation: Work permits for Syrian refugees in Jordan

ILO, UNHCR present findings of a preliminary assessment and of recent field evidence on the impact of work permit procedures and regulations on Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The ILO and UNHCR will hold a meeting with various constituents to present preliminary findings of an assessment aimed at better understanding the impact work permit procedures and regulations have on Syrian workers in Jordan, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities they pose.

The meeting will bring together government, employer and worker representatives, as well as UN agencies, NGOs and donors to discuss the findings and policy recommendations.

The assessment, which focuses on the sectors of agriculture, construction and services, explores why Syrians with work permits apply for permits, as well as some of the benefits and liabilities of having a work permit. For Syrians without work permits, the assessment seeks to understand the institutional, economic and personal barriers that prevent them from applying or obtaining permits.

The report is based on quantitative data collected from 450 questionnaires, field consultations with Syrian refugees, as well as qualitative data obtained through 11 focus group discussions with Syrian workers and their employers in Amman, Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa.

The final report and press release will be disseminated on April 1, 2017. For further information please contact Salwa Kanaana at