EU grants Jordan 52 million euros to fight unemployment

Projects to help absorb individuals in labour market

09 November, 14:27

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, NOVEMBER 9 - The EU agreed to provide Jordan with a grant totaling 52 million euros to help fight unemployment and tackle social integration programs in the labour market, an official statement said today. Jordan hopes the grant will help finance the national employment programmes and Vocational Education training project that extends until 2020 and looks to trim jobless figures, despite difficult economic situation and slow growth. The funds look to increase number of individuals involved in education and training, particularly women and youth after recent studies showed that unemployment among young people is among the highest, according to a statement by ministry of planning and international cooperation. Other beneficiaries from the employment programme include people with disabilities, added the statement.

    According to official figures, unemployment stands at 13.5 percent, but unofficial figures placed the figure at 26 percent.

    Observers say the influx of Syrian refugees has worsened unemployment figures.

    The EU has promised a basket of aid programmes to help Jordan through its difficult economic and social situation in light of the regional turmoil and increasing risk of spread of violence to other parts of the region. (ANSAmed).

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