06/10/2017

Promoting Resilience of Iraqi Refugees and Vulnerable Jordanians

Project Name

 

Promoting Resilience of Iraqi Refugees and Vulnerable Jordanians through Psychosocial Health and Life Skill Services
Country

 

Jordan
Start Date November 2015
End Date

 

April 2016
Client Name

 

Caritas Jordan, Caritas Switzerland, and Caritas Czech
Objectives

–        Map the situation and options of Iraqi refugees in the Jordanian labour market to find gaps in which they can be trained to support their resilience.

–        Map the situation and options of the poorer Jordanian population in the local labour market taking into account Iraqi and Syrian refugees and other migrant workers entering the labour market.

–        Provide a general overview of the current labour market characteristics and trends in relation to the target groups.

–        Issue clear recommendations as to which segments of the labour market are not saturated and could be accessed by the members of the target groups. This includes identification of gaps in the labour market and constraints in terms of accessibility of the individual segments of the labour market by the target groups.

–        Issue clear recommendations for concrete skills of the target groups to support their resilience.

Methods Used –       Desktop review of relevant resources as specified in the project Terms of Reference.

–       Secondary analysis of existing Caritas questionnaires on Iraqi and vulnerable Jordanian beneficiaries.

–        Secondary analysis of existing Caritas questionnaires on Iraqi and vulnerable Jordanian beneficiaries.

–        Semi-structured qualitative interviews with key informants.

–        Semi-structured qualitative focus group interviews with Iraqi refugees and vulnerable Jordanians.

Key Findings –        There is a need to re-assess the effectiveness of labour policies and bodies that regulate the implementation of these policies to ensure the basic rights and resilience of refugees.

–        Sustainable and innovative livelihood programmes are needed to foster integration of Iraqi refugees with the host population. Private-public partnership programmes can be used as entry points to creating livelihood strategies for vulnerable Jordanians and protracted refugees. This is of particular importance as humanitarian funding is diminishing in protracted refugee situations. Consequently, different levels of vulnerability are emerging among refugee populations leaving those who are protracted and ethnic minority groups at greater risk of marginalisation.

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