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Dina Mansour-Ille and Emma Samman

The Future of Work for Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Is the “Gig Economy” an Opportunity?

Aqaba by Jumilla via Creative Commons

Syrian refugees across the Middle East and North Africa face very challenging circumstances. In 2015, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCS) concluded that eighty-six percent of these refugees in Jordanian host communities (i.e., outside camps) were living below the poverty line (Ritchie 2017). Relatively few working-age refugees are in paid work—twenty-eight percent overall but just seven percent of women (Stave and Hillesund 2015: 43). This is a result of legal ...

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Dina Mansour-Ille is a senior research officer in the Politics and Governance Programme at the Overseas Development Institute. She holds a PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and an MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo. Her focus centers on the political economy of human rights, migration and refugee studies, and gender, with an area focus on the Arab Middle East as well as EU-Mediterranean politics.

Emma Samman is a research associate in the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at the Overseas Development Institute. Her experience deals with analyzing multidimensional poverty and inequality, the human development approach, survey design and the use of subjective indicators to inform development policy. She has also worked on the socio-economic effects of market development and the effects of space and segregation upon public well-being.