Egypt - Jordan

Egypt Jordan

Overview

Egypt is the highest remittance-receiving country in the Middle East and North Africa.

More than 600,000 Egyptians currently work in Jordan, predominantly in low-paid jobs in agriculture, construction and services. Migration is associated with the extended employment question and lack of decent job opportunities in Egypt.

Our research in this corridor examines the decision-making of migrants who travel from Egypt to Jordan and whether they remain, move on or return.

We focus on the role played by social networks in facilitating access to the Jordanian labour market. We also explore the impact of remittances and other resource flows on development opportunities and outcomes in Egypt, and how these relate to children ‘left behind’.