The second highest share of refugees per capita in the world

Jordan is facing a historic forced displacement crisis and as the crisis extends into the next decade, the country is at an inflection point, given the scope, scale and protracted nature of the displacement.

As of January 2020, Jordan hosts over 745,000 refugees, including over 655,000 Syrians and almost 100,000 other nationalities. Children represent a little over half of the refugee community. In real terms, this means that refugees constitute almost 7 percent of Jordan’s population, making the Kingdom one of the top refugee hosting country per capita worldwide.

Whilst Jordan’s economic situation predated the Syrian crisis the impact of the forced displacement crisis in country has worsened them. The IMF has estimated that Jordan’s economy lost one percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) each year of the crisis due to investment and export losses . Syrian and Jordanian households across the Kingdom continue to live in highly vulnerable conditions with all communities competing for access to basic needs, infrastructure and employment opportunities.

Through PROSPECTS, the five partners aim to leverage their comparative advantages and areas of expertise to programme complementary and interdependent interventions around three key thematic areas: employment, education and protection. Through an in-depth theory of change process, the combined efforts of the organizations will endeavor to bolster the medium- and longer-term development goals in line with Jordan’s national plans. Integrated into the joint programme are key learning questions that will identify and support future planning, leading to longer-term sustainable outcomes and their related results.


  1. Press release

    Youths across Jordan gain new skills through work-based learning

  2. ILO SCORE programme makes strides in Jordan's agri-food sector

  3. Photo essay: Young persons in Jordan share their Green Job Search Club experience

  4. ILO, JCI and partners discuss challenges and solutions to boost productivity, decent work, and export of Jordanian agri-food MSMEs

  5. World Youth Skills Day

    Creating new opportunities for youth with skills training

  6. ILO Voices

    A job changed my life as a refugee

  7. Article

    Children leave work, return to school and gain access to safe spaces through ILO project in Jordan

  8. Article

    Shadia and Sahar: How decent work has changed their lives in Jordan

  9. Press release

    ILO, JCC and partners discuss amendments to cooperative legislation in the country

  10. News

    Jordan launches first ILO SCORE training programme in the Middle East

  11. Feature

    Breaching boundaries: Ahmed Mohamed’s quest for career recognition and success

  12. News

    ILO rolls out new technologies to expand social security coverage in Jordan

  13. Press release

    New command-and-control and operation centre launches in Jordan’s Labour Ministry

  14. News

    ILO and UNICEF support youth to prepare for work through Job Search Clubs in Jordan

  15. Article

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a chance for career growth, change and inclusion

  16. Press release

    Jordan and ILO sign agreement to support the extension of social security coverage and promote formalization

  17. News

    ILO supports Occupational Safety and Health across cooperatives in Jordan

  18. News

    ILO and UNICEF join forces to support youth through job search activities in Jordan

  19. News

    A new partnership to boost productivity and employment of small and medium enterprises in the agro-food sector

  20. Press Release

    Changes in Jordan’s work permit regulations for Syrian refugees contribute to decent work – ILO, FAFO report

  21. Article

    Jordanian trainer embarks on cooperative management training initiative, supported by the ILO

  22. News

    Opportunities for extending social security coverage in Jordan

  23. Regional brochure

    ILO support to Syrian refugees and host communities: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt

  24. News

    ILO, the Netherlands and international partners join forces to support refugees and host communities in Jordan

  25. World Bank Blogs

    New economic opportunities for Jordanians and syrian refugees

  26. COVID-19

    ILO and Fafo launch rapid impact assessment of COVID-19 on workers in Jordan

  27. Cooperatives

    ILO adapts global learning tools on cooperative development for Jordan

  28. Knowledge sharing event

    Inclusion of refugees and displaced persons in the labour market with a humanitarian development focus