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Challenges Facing Syrian Refugee Businesses Due to Covid-19

The extent of the damage that the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has inflicted on Syrian small and medium businesses and startups in the Middle East.

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Impact of Covid-19 of Syrian Businesses - Jusoor Relentless Report Book


Marking one year since the lockdown was imposed by governments in the Middle East to curb the spread of Covid-19, new research by Jusoor and Spark has revealed the extent of the damage that the pandemic has inflicted on Syrian small and medium businesses and startups in the region.

The research is based on 271 interviews with Syrian founders, business experts, and NGO representatives to understand the impact of Covid-19 measures and identify the biggest challenges faced by Syrians in four countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.

Published: May 2021
Language: English
Author: Ahmad Sufian Bayram
Commissioned by: Jusoor & Spark
Bayram, A. S. (2021). Relentless Syrian refugee entrepreneurship in host countries. Jusoor & Spark.

A sneak peek of the data
you will find in the report


challenge faced was access to a source of funds


of entrepreneurs run their businesses informally


9 out of 10 Syrian Businesses are hit hard by Covid-19


of the SMEs described the impact as ‘extreme’

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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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