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Palestinians in Jordan outraged over new work permit requirements

Jordan’s decision to require work permits for Palestinians holding temporary passports on its territory will further add to their economic and social suffering.
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There are about 2 million Palestinians in Jordan, and the kingdom treats them as two different groups. The first arrived in Jordan after the 1948 war. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees defines them as refugees, and they have Jordanian citizenship.

The second group arrived after the 1967 war. Defined as “displaced persons” who came from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, they do not enjoy full citizenship and hold a temporary Jordanian passport that must be renewed every two years. They cannot work in state institutions, but only in the private sector without official work permits from the government.

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