On Thursday May 21 (15.00 Norwegian time), Svein Erik Stave and Tewodros Aragie Kebede will be participating in an online debate session concerning social protection policies in the Arab world. The Fafo researchers have been conducting research on how the corona situation is affecting the labour market in Jordan. The session is part of the Regional Dialogue Series on Social Protection Policies in the Arab world and will be streamed live stream on Facebook.
Fafo and the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched the results of a rapid assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable workers in the Jordanian labour market. The assessment includes Syrian refugees, Jordanians, women and workers in informal employment.
Almost half of the respondents who were in employment before the COVID-19 outbreak, were currently out of work. Out of these, 13 per cent had been permanently dismissed, while 18 percent had been temporarily laid-off and 16 per cent were on paid leave. Syrian refugees were among those hardest hit as a result of their largely informal employment situation. A third who were in employment before the crisis had lost their jobs permanently, compared to 17 per cent of surveyed Jordanians.
Fafo has been given an urgent assignment from UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) to map how the corona crisis affects the labor markets in Jordan and Lebanon, with an emphasis on refugees, immigrants and other vulnerable groups in the informal work sector.
Researchers Svein Erik Stave and Tewodros Aragie Kebede are developing the survey tools for the imminent data collection via telephone interviews. The survey will be repeated in a couple of months to assess the longer-term consequences in the labor markets.