Resources on Social security in the Arab States

  1. Change in work permit regulations and its impact on decent work for Syrian refugees in Jordan

    26 September 2021

    Syrian Bilal moved to Jordan in 2014. For years, he struggled to access decent employment. But, with the introduction of different work permit regulations in 2016, he has been able to move between employers, work within his own profession and access social security.

  2. New EU-funded partnership to reform social protection in Iraq

    21 September 2021

    A new project will see the three Iraqi ministries of Planning, Labour and Social Affairs, and Trade work with UNICEF, the ILO and WFP to support vulnerable families in Iraq through a more sustainable and inclusive social protection system.

  3. Businesses struggle to build back from the Beirut blast

    10 August 2021

    A year on from the blast that devastated large parts of Beirut, the ILO is working to help small businesses across the Lebanese capital affected by the explosion. Many were already struggling to survive due to COVID-19 anti-infection measures and the ongoing economic and political crisis in the country.

  4. Brief: A blast in the midst of crises: Impact of the Beirut port explosion on the city’s enterprises

    10 August 2021

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research (Fafo) conducted a study of 1,664 enterprises located in the areas surrounding the explosion site.

  5. A blast in the midst of crises: Impact of the Beirut port explosion on the city’s enterprises

    10 August 2021

    This report presents findings from a study of 1,664 enterprises operating within a five-kilometre radius of the Port of Beirut explosion site, to better understand the impact of the blast on their businesses. The study is based on data from a telephone survey mapping out the characteristics of the enterprises, the impact of the explosion on their operations and labour force, the enterprises’ adaptation and coping measures, as well as the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses.

  6. Impact of COVID-19 on enterprises in Jordan: One year into the pandemic - Policy Brief

    13 July 2021

    The ILO, Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research and the UNDP conducted a study on the pandemic’s impact on Jordanian enterprises one year after the first lockdown was introduced. This policy brief presents the key findings of the study and recommendations based on the practical experiences of the ILO and UNDP.

  7. Impact of COVID-19 on enterprises in Jordan: One year into the pandemic

    13 July 2021

    This report is based on data collected from more than 2,000 Jordanian enterprises in February and March 2021, as well as individual interviews and focus group discussions with representatives from various sectors. It also builds on an earlier survey conducted over a year ago in April/May 2020.

  8. SSC, ILO, social partners and CSOs hold a virtual social dialogue session on design of new facility for extension of social security coverage to vulnerable and informal workers

    22 June 2021

  9. ILO, tripartite partners and parliamentarian committee hold consultation on draft social security law in Iraq

    19 June 2021

    The law is a significant step in extending social security for workers in the private sector, as part of efforts towards establishing a comprehensive social protection system in Iraq.

  10. ILO, Madrasati and Ministry of Education celebrate the achievements of joint venture to strengthen career guidance services in Jordanian public schools

    29 May 2021

    With the support of the Government of the Netherlands, 3,000 youth including vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees, participated in the initiative.