The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Influx on the Jordanian Labour Market - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Influx on the Jordanian Labour Market

Jackline Wahba


Date:
May, 2018

NO.
32

Length:
5 pages

Topic:
J. Labor and Demographic Economics

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.
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Jackline Wahba

Professor of Economics, University of Southampton, UK


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