As the war in Syria enters its sixth year, there are now over 5 million Syrian refugees scattered across neighbouring countries and beyond. In Jordan, the high influx of refugees has overwhelmed public services and sparked local economic discontent, prompting the government to restrict refugees’ engagement in formal or informal employment. Whilst the Jordan Compact in 2016 made new efforts to open up economic opportunities for Syrian refugees, an expanded approach is now urgently needed to allow both Jordan, and refugees – especially marginalised groups, such as women – to thrive.
This paper examines the emerging economic activities, institutional dynamics, and key social trends of Syrian women refugees in Jordan.
Key findings include:
A briefing paper based on this research, Towards inclusion and integration? Syrian refugee women’s fragile new livelihoods in Jordan, is available to download here.