In a nutshell
- The slowdown in economic growth in Jordan predates the Syrian refugee influx.
- Between 2010 and 2016, labour force inactivity increased, employment decreased, and unemployment increased in the Jordanian labour market.
- Between 2010 and 2016, an increasing share of Jordanians worked in public sector employment and formal private wage employment.
- Less educated Jordanian male workers experienced a sharp increase in irregular (seasonal and casual) wage employment.
- Less than a fifth of Syrian refugees were working in 2016 despite the availability of work permits. Those who worked were primarily in informal employment and working without permits.
- Jordanians’ labour market outcomes have not been adversely affected in areas where there has been high concentration of Syrian refugees.
- Non-Jordanian workers have experienced worse labour market outcomes in localities where there was high concentration of Syrian refugees.
ERF Policy Conference on: Employment, Education and Housing in Jordan: The Impacts of the Syrian Refugee InfluxDownload agenda
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