Unemployment among Syrian refugees in Lebanon reaches 33%

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A third of Syrian refugees living in host communities in Lebanon are unemployed, according to a study by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The report says most refugees suffer from low wages and harsh working conditions. Most of them lack skills and education, it adds.

The assessment found that the average monthly income for a Syrian refugee in Lebanon is almost 40 per cent less than the minimum wage of US$448.

Female Syrian refugees were particularly vulnerable to unemployment with over two thirds of women unable to find a job.

Both Syrian refugees and Lebanese residents are suffering from the lack of an unregulated labour market, explains Mary Kawar, ILO Senior Employment Specialist.

The large supply of low-wage Syrian workers causes further deregulation and expands informal employment, causing wages to fall and working conditions to deteriorate, she adds.

The focus should be on creating decent work opportunities for Syrian refugees in Lebanon through actions that regulate informal labour, protect minimum wages and promote safety at work, says ILO.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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