Jordan: Awareness campaign encourages Syrian refugees to obtain work permits to secure rights

Author: Ana V. Ibáñez Prieto, The Jordan Times, Published on: 3 October 2018

"Awareness campaign aims to help refugees ‘ensure their rights’", 1 October 2018

Care International... launched its “Work Permits Protect Your Rights” campaign, aimed at raising awareness among Syrian refugees on the need to obtain work permits in order to secure their rights and prevent abuse in the workplace. Part of a double project funded by the Ford Foundation and the Austrian Development Agency, the campaign seeks to create links between Jordanian labour market actors and Syrian refugees, facilitating the latter’s access to stable employment opportunities. Supported by the Ministry of Labour, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the initiative will also contribute to increasing the economic participation of vulnerable women in the Jordanian labour market, assisting them in their pursuit of sustainable income. Awareness-raising sessions, video presentations and the distribution of audio materials and informative leaflets are some of the activities that will be implemented within the campaign, which will target the areas of east Amman, Zarqa, Azraq and the Azraq refugee camp... ILO Regional Resilience and Crisis Response specialist Maha Kattaa highlighted that obtaining a work permit is “the first step for a refugee to obtain decent working conditions”, as most Syrian refugees working within the informal sector cannot complain about delayed wages, long working hours or any other violations...

 

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