JORDAN / REFUGEES WORK PERMIT

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Work permits issued by the Jordanian government, specifically for Syrian refugees, have helped thousands of individuals and families improve their quality of life. For many Syrian women it has also offered them a chance to work, some for the first time in their lives. UNHCR
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STORY: JORDAN / REFUGEES WORK PERMIT
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS
DATELINE: 11 AND 12 FEBRUARY 2018, SOUTH AMMAN, ZA’ATARI, JORDAN

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11 FEBRUARY 2018, JERASH GARMENT FACTORY, AMMAN, JORDAN

1. Wide shot, Wide Shot of the Jerash Garment Factory
2. Various shots, Sawsan working
3. SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Sawsan, Syrian Refugee:
“I don’t want a handout. One should have the will to provide for the family and the children.”
4. Med shot, Sawsan

12 FEBRUARY 2018, JERASH GARMENT FACTORY, AMMAN, JORDAN

5. Wide shot, High Commissioner arriving on the factory floor
6. Various shots, High Commissioner with Sawsan’s two daugthers arriving

11 FEBRUARY 2018, JERASH GARMENT FACTORY, AMMAN, JORDAN

6. Med shot, daughters working
7. Wide shot, factory floor, many nationalities.
8. Close up, sewing needle

12 FEBRUARY 2018, JERASH GARMENT FACTORY, AMMAN, JORDAN

9. Wide shot, High Commissioner walking

11 February 2018, Jerash Garment Factory, Amman, Jordan

10. SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Sawsan, Syrian Refugee:
“It is true that the work is tiring, but the atmosphere is good here and you enjoy working here.”

12 FEBRUARY 2018, ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN

11. Wide shot, High Commissioner meeting the ladies for employment
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maymonah:
“As a woman I have the right to apply and work.”
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mariam:
“I want to work to prove myself as a woman.”
14. Close up, Maymonah
15. Wide shot, High Commissioner leaving
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I want to commend the government of Jordan for having facilitated schemes that allow Syrian refugees to have jobs.”

11 FEBRUARY 2018, JERASH GARMENT FACTORY, AMMAN, JORDAN

17. Various shots, garment factory floor


STORYLINE:

Work permits issued by the Jordanian government, specifically for Syrian refugees, have helped thousands of individuals and families improve their quality of life. For many Syrian women it has also offered them a chance to work, some for the first time in their lives.

The Jerash Garment factory, which produces clothing for brands like The North Face, Walmart and Lee employs workers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and most recently, Syrian refugees.

Sawsan fled rural Damascus nearly six years ago. Recently, she decided she wanted to work to help support her family. She applied for a work permit and searched the internet to find work opportunities.

SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Sawsan, Syrian Refugee:
“I don’t want a handout. One should have the will to provide for the family and the children.”

The refugees make 205JD or about US $260 a month.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, met Sawsan and her two daughters, who also work at the factory.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“You should be proud of your family. You are doing very well.”

Jerash employs 20 Syrian refugee women, from both urban and camp areas.

It provides transportation to and from the factory, a meal and day care for its employees’ young children.

SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) Sawsan, Syrian Refugee:
“It is true that the work is tiring, but the atmosphere is good here and you enjoy working here.”

In Za’atari, UNHCR has opened the first-ever employment office in a refugee camp. In cooperation with other UN agencies, it matches job opportunities with interested refugees. It also offering training courses.

Maymonah and Mariam are hoping to work for the Jerash Garment Factory.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maymonah:
“As a woman I have the right to apply and work.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mariam:
“I want to work to prove myself as a woman.”

They have a chance. The Jerash factory plans to hire another 52 refugee women, most from the Za’atari refugee camp.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I want to commend the government of Jordan for having facilitated schemes that allow Syrian refugees to have jobs.”

Since last year, the government has issued over 88,000 work permits for Syrian refugees living in the Jordan. 43 per cent are in agriculture, 19 per cent in construction and 13 per cent in manufacturing. Overall, five per cent are reserved for women.
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