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Jordan: High expectations for job creation for Syrian refugees, if foreign govts. come through with aid

"If a Carrot for Jordan Works, Syrian Refugees Will Stay Put", 9 July 2016

...Jordan, which has 650,000 Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations inside its borders, has long made it nearly impossible for them to work legally, citing concerns about high unemployment among its citizens. But under the new experiment, the government has given out 13,000 work permits to Syrians, and is promising to issue up to 50,000 by year’s end — and tens of thousands more in the future.

In exchange, the World Bank is giving Jordan a $300 million interest-free loan, the likes of which are traditionally reserved for extremely poor countries in Africa. Western nations, including the United States, have offered roughly $60 million to build schools to accommodate Syrian children. And Jordan is close to clinching what it wants most: tax-free exports to the European Union, especially garments stitched in its industrial export zones...[refers to Under Armour, one of the companies sourcing from Al Hassan Industrial Estate]

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