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Jordan: Creating jobs for Syria refugees does not mean settling them

Syrian refugees attend a sewing class in Jordan on 2 August, 2018 [ KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images]
Syrian refugees attend a sewing class in Jordan on 2 August 2018 [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images]

Jordan Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply Tariq Al-Hammouri said Syrians seeking refuge in the country are permitted to work to help alleviate their suffering and not in an effort to settle them in to the country.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the EU Ambassador to Jordan, Andrea Fontana, yesterday the minister said the rules of original agreement between Jordan and the European Union, which were amended last week, stipulate that Syrian refugees be employed in a number of sectors.

The minister added that under the amendment, the number of Syrian refugees required to be employed in Jordan has been reduced from 200,000 to 60,000, noting that 40,000 Syrians currently have work permits while the estimated number of Syrians working in various sectors is more than 100,000.

The Jordanian minister said the rules of origin agreement has been extended until 2030.

Al-Hammouri said more than 6,000 Syrians of the 1.4 million Who took refuge in the country have now returned to Syria.

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