The Syrian refugee crisis
Labour market implications in Jordan and Lebanon
Since the outbreak of the armed conflict in Syria, the neighbours Jordan and Lebanon have been faced with the arrival of a large number of refugees. Aside from the immediate humanitarian needs of the Syrian refugees, their integration into the local labour market is crucial to enable refugees to improve their situation through their own efforts and, for host countries, to reap more of the potential economic benefits from the demographic boost. However, the labour market policy response in Jordan and Lebanon has so far broadly gone in a direction of limiting refugees’ access in an attempt to... protect the native population. While this is understandable given the large number of refugees, joint efforts from host governments and the international community are required to engage refugees in productive and formalised economic activities, along with increasing the labour market potential of the native population. The EU is part of this international effort that seeks to combine external support with national policy action.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (European Commission) Themes: Demography and population, Labour market — Free movement of workers
- Subject: aid to refugees, European neighbourhood policy, integration into employment, job access, Jordan, labour market, Lebanon, refugee, Syria
The print on demand version may be of a different presentation and quality than the original paper version.
Available languages and formats
In 2014, an estimated 885,000 Lebanese migrants, (i.e., first generation, born in Lebanon) resided abroad. Meanwhile, in...
Jordan’s last population census gave the total population of the country as 9,531,712 in November 2015, 2,918,125 (31 pe...
While international mobility has developed into a major driver of population change in the European Union, people with i...
- Author: Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture; European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE)
- Subject: child of migrant, comparative education, education costs, education policy, educational system, integration of migrants, labour market, level of education, school results, socially disadvantaged class, use of languages