Since the war began in Syria, between 630,000 and 1.27 million people have found safety in Jordan. However, the law currently forbids Syrians to work legally in the country. They must work illegally to earn the necessary money to pay the rent and with the remaining money to buy food in order not to starve to death. Illegal work is paid at half the minimum wage so earning the money needed for survival is a very difficult task.
Currently a family receives a food aid about 40 euros worth, which helps them to live from month to month. But if such aid stops, refugees will have to refocus and go to Europe, in the search of survival and a better life..
The plan to solve this situation is to invest 1.6 billion euros in order to build special economic zones which would create up to 150,000 new jobs. From this total, it is expected that 60-70% of the jobs will be offered to the Syrians and the rest to the Jordanian citizens. This scenario would solve the problem of Syrian refugees and the economic development of Jordan. The economic development would give Jordan a significant advantage in order to be able to compete on the European market.
Implementation of these solutions and the development of the special economic zones would take many years. And it is not certain the exact number of jobs created. This context amplifies Syrians' concerns about the future.
In Lebanon, the situation is even more dramatic, with the government refusing any negotiation in order to give the right to work to Syrian people. In this country, more than one million Syrians are in a precarious situation.
The fact that there are already more than 500,000 unemployed Lebanese makes it almost impossible to grant refugees the right to work legally; if this were to happen, it would create tensions between the two sides. These tensions could materialize into real conflicts, fact which should be avoided for everybody's safety.
Yet to be seen what solutions will generate the meeting on February 4 in London. Everyone's attention is focused on the way western countries manage to resolve the refugees crisis. #Immigration #Middle East