Baseline assessment of child labour among Syrian refugees in Za'atari refugee camp - Jordan

UNICEF and Save the Children


Jordan has been extremely generous in opening its borders and services to Syrian refugees, striving to provide a home away from home and return some sense of normalcy to their lives. This effort does not come without significant challenges and costs to all involved, particularly with an exodus of this magnitude and given the extreme levels of vulnerability affecting Syrian refugees.

One particularly striking social phenomenon that has emerged not only in Jordan but in all countries hosting Syrian refugees
is that of child labour. In the context of the international community’s No Lost Generation initiative, it is vital that every effort is made to analyse the problem in more detail, its causes and consequences, in order to put in place a comprehensive and effective plan of action to reduce and ultimately eliminate the significant numbers of working Syrian refugee children and prevent its recurrence.

In this context, the Jordan Country Office of Save the Children International (SCI) and UNICEF Jordan carried out a detailed survey on the very visible phenomenon of child labour in Za’atari refugee in mid-2014. 

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