American University of Beirut

Addressing challenges faced by Syrian refugees working in the informal economy: Case studies from Lebanon and Jordan

​Policy Brief​


Maysa Baroud, Project Coordinator, Refugee Research and Policy Program, IFI 
Nour Zeidan, Researcher, Refugee Research an​d Policy Program, IFI


This policy brief is based on the outcomes of a 3-year research project funded by the Ford Foundation titled “Informal adaptive mechanisms among refugees in the Middle East: Understanding adaptation, resilience, and agency in securing livelihoods in the informal economy1 among refugees from Syria in Lebanon and Jordan". The project aimed to unpack the informal livelihood strategies and adaptation experiences of Syrian refugees who secure their livelihoods in the informal economies of Lebanon and Jordan. This brief addresses various challenges identified through case studies conducted for the project. The case studies were conducted among micro-entrepreneurs, tribal communities, agricultural workers, and females who head their households. Case study findings and recommendations were further discussed during stakeholder dialogues held both in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as with an Advisory Committee for the project.​

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