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Jordan: ILO and UNHCR inaugurate first employment office in Zaatari refugee camp

“Jordan’s first job centre for Syrian refugees opens in Zaatari camp”, 21 August 2017

The...ILO and…UNHCR inaugurated the first employment office inside a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. The Zaatari Office for Employment, set up in coordination with the Government of Jordan, will facilitate access to formal work opportunities across Jordan for refugees living in the camp. Earlier this year, the Government…announced that Syrian refugees living in camps were entitled to obtain work permits and be employed in urban areas. Zaatari’s office forms part of efforts to bring employment services closer to refugees in camps. So far, over 800 refugees in Zaatari camp have already benefited from the presence of the job centre by registering their work permits in exchange for one-month leave permits. As part of this, over 350 work permits for the agricultural sector have been issued by the office…The employment office at Zaatari camp is the first of a wider network of employment offices the ILO and the Ministry of Labour plan to set up, to provide employment services for local Jordanians and Syrian refugees…

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