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Syrians in the Labour Market, Reality, Opportunities and Challenges

original date: 23 Nov 2016

Tamkeen Center – participants recommended in a specialized seminar, stakeholders to work on creating a database; containing all Syrian refugees who are seeking to work, their experience, and sectors they are willing to work in, and another database which contains information about employers in Jordan and whereabouts.

This was during a roundtable conducted by Tamkeen Fields for Aid on “Syrians in the labour market; the reality, opportunities and challenges“. Participants further  recommended to find policies that facilitate registration of small traders projects and industrialists of  Syrians which ensure getting their rights, as well as developing a mechanism for the work of Syrians in the Kingdom without being restricted to specific employers, under the concept of “self- employment”, which is applied in several countries, in addition to raising the awareness of workers in regard to their legal rights and mechanism of reporting violations they are exposed to.

...One of the most important effects in the Syrian increasing activity in labour market is due to the growth of irregular employment, in addition to the pushing towards the reduction of wages, due to the weak enforcement of laws, which paves the way for employers to recruit irregular workers, and paying them lower than the minimum wage of 190 dinars per month, or the equivalent of $268...

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