Companies, Syrian refugees come together at Jordan job fair

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — More than 50 Jordanian and international companies have advertised hundreds of jobs in textiles, construction and agriculture at a job fair for Syrian refugees, part of an EU-sponsored effort to help the displaced become more self-reliant during what could be years of exile.

Andrea Matteo Fontana, the senior EU representative in Jordan, said Wednesday that any product made with at least 15 percent Syrian labor will be given easier access to the European market.

Fontana says this will hopefully result "in more jobs for Syrian refugees, for Jordanians and a bigger Jordanian economy that will benefit everyone."

The fair was held at the Zaatari camp, Jordan's largest for Syrian refugees.

Some 5 million Syrians have fled their homeland since conflict there erupted in 2011, including 660,000 registered in Jordan.

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