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Legal employment gives Syrians in Jordan a lifeline

...34,000 Syrians [were] granted work permits by Jordan this year under a new system providing free, fast-tracked work permits for Syrians in select sectors such as services, agriculture, manufacturing and construction. Through such jobs in the cities of Irbid, Zarqa and Amman, many of Jordan’s 1.3 million Syrian refugees — more than half of whom are not registered with the UN — are for the first time earning a steady income from legal employment...Employers in Jordan are all too happy to have Syrians working for them. They do not have to pay the 400-dinar work permit fee required for other nationalities, and many Syrians have had long experience in the services sector...Carrefour has been an active recruiter. At the supermarket chain’s request, the UNHCR contacted Mr Mafalani, who had 20 years’ experience working as a butcher and at restaurants in Damascus and Deraa. Carrefour provided him with training, a stipend for housing and transportation...

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