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Critical Analysis Study of the Jordan compact (Rules of Origin and Work Permits)

Critical Analysis Study of the Jordan compact (Rules of Origin and Work Permits)

 

The high number of the Syrian refugees in Jordan has prompted international community to step in and help Jordan to overcome challenges faced due to hosting the large number of Syrians living inside and outside camps.  In February 2016, the international community held “London conference” which resulted in the “Jordan Compact” document, where the international community pledged to allocate funds to help Jordan to cope with challenge of the huge number of Syrian refugees living in Jordan. At the conference, it was decided to open the European Union markets for the Jordanian Manufacturers through ease of Rules of Origin, leading to expanded Jordanian labor market for Syrian refugees to acquire work permits and to join the workforce. However, the participation of Syrian refugees (particularly females) in the labor market is still less than expected. CARE International collaborated with Dajani Consulting to prepare a critical analytic study with the objective to better understand the challenges facing exports of Jordanian products to the E.U. and the ability to increase employment of Syrian refugees in Jordan. It also aims to provide a clear understanding of the obstacles against achieving the target set in the “Jordan Compact” of work permits issued for Syrian refugees, as regulated by work permit policies and procedures governing the labor market in Jordan. The study was research based, utilizing desk research, focus groups with Syrian refugees, structured field survey of Syrian refugees and key informant interviews with stakeholders. Study activities were concentrated in the highly-populated governorates (East Amman, Irbid and Zarqa). At the end of the study, a comprehensive report including conclusions and recommendations was submitted to CARE International.

 

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