ILO launches report on challenges in the Jordanian labour market

Report aims to provide practical solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing Jordanian, migrant and Syrian refugee workers in Jordan.

The ILO will launch a new report on the Jordanian labour market, which focuses on three main groups of workers dominating the country’s economy: Jordanians, migrant workers and Syrian refugees.

Entitled “A Challenging Market Becomes More Challenging: Jordanian Workers, Migrant Workers and Refugees in the Jordanian Labour Market”, the report aims to provide practical solutions to three potentially conflicting policy aims in Jordan’s labour market: boosting Jordanian employment, incorporating Syrian refugees into the workforce, and ensuring decent working conditions for all, including refugees and migrant workers.

It examines five specific sectors: agriculture, construction, domestic work, manufacturing and tourism.

The report findings and recommendations will be presented during a launch event in Amman, which will bring together government, workers' and employers' representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

The research is part of a project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which addresses the complex mixed migration situation in Jordan with a view towards fair migration and decent work for all.

The project and the report are very topical not only in Jordan – which hosts large numbers of migrant workers and Syrian workers in addition to Jordanians – but also in a global context of ongoing deliberations under Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants to be adopted in 2018.