Jordan issues work permits for Syrian refugees in construction sector

Syrian refugees and migrant workers in Jordan will now be permitted to work in the construction and agriculture sectors following the passing of new labour laws

Amman, Jordan.
Amman, Jordan.

Syrian refugees and migrant workers in Jordan will now be permitted to work in the construction and agriculture sectors following the passing of new labour laws.

The General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU) has started issuing free work permits to “non-Jordanians” such as migrant workers and Syrian refugees as part of efforts to regulate the sector and protect job opportunities for Jordanians, according to the kingdom’s state agency, Petra.

The new move is in agreement with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Jordan's Ministry of Labour.

The number of registered Syrian refugees in Jordan had exceeded 630,000 by January 2016, around 10% of Jordan’s native resident population, according to the ILO. 

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