Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Jordan as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Jordan: Visas on arrival for Chinese nationals

Chinese nationals now have the option of obtaining visas from Jordanian diplomatic missions in China or upon arrival in Amman …

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Jordan: Qatar has pledged to open up 10,000 jobs for Jordanian citizens

Jordanian and Qatar Labour Ministries are in discussions concerning a new bilateral labour cooperation agreement …

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Jordan: 138,000 Syrian refugees obtained work permits

According to UNHCR data, approximately 138,000 of the total of 650,000 Syrian refugees in the country have been issued work permits since the signing of the 2016 Jordan Compact …

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Jordan: Unemployment stood at 19% in Q1 2019

A report published by the Jordan government reveals that in Q1 2019 unemployment stood at 19%, with female unemployment standing at 28 …

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Jordan: Parliament ends dispute by rejecting raising marriage age to 16

The role and rights of women continues to be the hot social issue in the Middle-East, just like corruption and human rights dominates African legislative agendas …

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Jordan: Senate approves income tax law

Last year we reported that slow progress had being made with plans to reform Jordan’s income tax law …

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Jordan: Free trade agreement with Turkey suspended

The Jordanian government suspended the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Turkey early in March this year over unfair competition …

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Jordan: Silent sexual harassment in the Jordanian workplace

A locally-based research and legal support group ARDD has collected information on the harassment experiences of 3,077 women (1,466 Jordanian and 1,611 Syrian refugee women) …

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Jordan: A tightening up of labour inspections at night has been announced

A tightening up of labour inspections at night has been announced …

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Jordan: Flexible work instructions issued

The US foreign aid agency USAID has signed an accord with the Ministry of Labour that seeks to achieve greater participation in the labour market for women through the spread of flexible working practices …

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Jordan: New laws supporting gender equality

The labour committee of the lower house of parliament has agreed amendments to a new labour law that will seek to give women pay equity, introduce two-days paternity leave and require companies to open a nursery if the number of dependant children of employees is 15+ …

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Jordan: Employers of illegal “guest workers” have to rectify their status

Employers of illegal “guest workers” have until March 3rd to rectify their status …

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Jordan: Slow progress is being made with plans to reform Jordan’s income tax law

Slow progress is being made with plans to reform Jordan’s income tax law …

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