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Jordan: Govt. says 11,500 work permits issued to Syrians

A total of 11,500 work permits have been issued to Syrians since April, when the Cabinet agreed to give Syrian workers free permits, the Labour Ministry said on Saturday.  

Syrian workers and their employers were given a three-month grace period to obtain work permits in April, after Jordan pledged to integrate Syrians into the labour market at the London donor conference in February. 

“We estimate that there are 90,000 Syrians in the job market, and having 11,500 come to us for work permits means that things are moving to the right direction,” ministry spokesperson, Mohammad Khatib, told The Jordan Times...

Khatib highlighted that licences to employ Syrians were mostly given in sectors related to agriculture, manufacturing and food production. 

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