Impact of Syrian refugees on the Jordanian labour market

This report presents the main findings of a household survey conducted in the Jordanian governorates of Amman, Irbid and Mafraq between February and March 2014, aimed at assessing the implications of the large influx of Syrian Refugees onto the labour market in the three geographical areas. The results are based on information gathered on the current labour market situation, as well as some of the changes that have occurred since the beginning of the Syrian Refugee influx into Jordan in March 2011.

The general objective of the study has been to assess the implications of the large influx of Syrian refugees to Jordan on the country’s labour market, primarily by identifying current trends and future threats that can be attributed to the influx of Syrian refugees. Although the main focus of the report is on implications for Jordanians, the survey also covers the situation for Syrian refugees and their interrelationship with the Jordanian labour market. This aspect is not only important for improving the knowledge on the refugees’ situation as such, but also for better understanding the present and future labour market implications for Jordanians.

This analytical report is accompanied by three separate tabulation reports, which present the results from the household survey in more detail for the three population groups covered in the survey, respectively: The Jordanian host population; the Syrian refugee population outside refugee camps; and the Syrian refugee population inside Zaatari refugee camp.