The Impacts of Covid-19 on Syrian-Led Businesses in Jordan

Discover the economic impact that Syrian-led businesses had to endure due to Covid-19.

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Syrian refugees in Jordan face unique challenges in starting and running businesses. This report delves into the nature of Syrian-led businesses, their struggles, and their successes. COVID-19 further highlighted the need for specialized support. Programs must consider business profiles and focus on practical skills building. This will foster economic opportunities for both refugees and host communities.

Published: September 2020
Language: English
Author: Saleem Najjar
Commissioned by: Jusoor
Najjar, S. (2020). The impacts of COVID-19 on Syrian-Led Businesses in Jordan. Jusoor.
Impact of covid-19 on businesses in Jordan

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of employed Syrian refugees in Jordan work in crafts and trades, which is the majority,  followed by elementary occupations (29%), and service and sales (14%).


Out of 1,085 Syrian businesses studied were formally registered. The majority operate informally, which poses challenges such as regarding legal recognition.


of Syrian-led registered businesses are Limited Liability companies. This choice reflects a preference for legal structures that provide personal liability protection for business owners.

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About Jusoor

Jusoor, which means "bridges" in Arabic, is an international NGO with the mission of “Maximizing the potential of Syrian youth through education”.

Founded in 2011 by Syrian Diaspora in the private sector, Jusoor is a unique model of humanitarian intervention known for its innovative approach, dynamic and continuously improving programs, high-velocity execution, and the strength of its global partnerships. We believe in lean impact, and hold ourselves accountable for being nimble and responsive to the realities of Syrian children and youth on the ground and in the diaspora.

Jusoor is a non-political, non-religious non profit organization and is globally registered as a US 501c3 in the US, and a charitable organization in Canada, the United Kingdom, Jordan and Lebanon.

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