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Jordan: Working and living conditions of migrant workers & refugees

“Walled in by Alienation: Working and Living Conditions of Migrant Workers in Jordan”, 03 Mar 2017

...[This report] brings attention to the fact that the number of migrant workers in Jordan is close to 1,200,000 and that the number holding a work permit is 315,016. The report adds that Jordan has taken substantial and concrete steps to protect migrant workers legislatively, even though some practices and gaps hinder these measures. [it] shows that migrant workers in particular are exposed to numerous violations because of their presence in a foreign country with limited social and economic support... it is important to implement a system that seeks to protect the rights of migrant workers through providing them social assistance and services. If methods of prevention and protection fail, it is important to prosecute those who violate the human rights of workers. The report also discusses several topics such as: the international and local legal framework for migrant workers, their work conditions and environment, their numbers, nationalities, and distribution across sectors of work. Furthermore, one section of the report is set aside to talk about the victims, and suspected victims, of human trafficking in Jordan. Another segment will discuss the detention of migrant workers and alternatives to detention...The report also addressed the conditions of Syrian refugees in the labor market... it also discussed the common reasons for regular migrant workers becoming irregular. Among the most important of these reasons was employers not renewing work and/or residency permits and the applications of a system where foreign workers are prohibited from certain professions.

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