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Leen Darwish developed an Arabic-language coding app. Photo: UNFPA Syria/Ghassan Ahmad.

The Aleppo Weekly- June 28-July 5

by The Aleppo Project on July 7, 2016

“Big businesses are closing and the problems we are facing only young people can solve…The need for startups and entrepreneurship culture is really essential for Syria.” Leen Darwish. Read about her coding app Remmaz here.

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The Aleppo ProjectThe Aleppo Weekly- June 28-July 5

Impact of the Civil War on Aleppo’s Job Market

by Karam Shaar on June 23, 2016

Studies of the Syrian civil war have largely focused on topics such as refugees and casualties and have left the crucial topic of employment greatly under-researched. Understanding changes in the composition of the job market will greatly enhance reconstruction efforts in post-war Aleppo as it allows a better understanding of the availability and quality of the labour force.

In late 2014 and early 2015, The Aleppo Project surveyed 1001 Aleppians about many issues.

This paper focuses on the two questionnaire items related to current professions of the respondents and their previous professions. The major findings of this paper include:

  • The composition of the job market has pointedly changed due to the conflict
  • Unemployment more than doubled due to the conflict. This applies to Aleppians within the city and abroad
  • Differences in the rate of unemployment among Aleppians are largely explained by gender, age, education, and the neighbourhood from which the respondents come.

I believe that policymakers in post-war Aleppo will be faced with very high unemployment rates as the returnees with the fewest economic opportunities abroad come to Aleppo first to seek jobs. Ignoring the unemployed might ignite new unrest and could make the process of reintegration and reconciliation harder.

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Karam ShaarImpact of the Civil War on Aleppo’s Job Market
Bab as-Salameh Border Crossing. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Aleppo Weekly February 1-7

by The Aleppo Project on February 9, 2016

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After months of ‘dynamic stalemate,’ the military situation to the north of Aleppo city shifted dramatically over the past few weeks. Government and allied forces took control of strategic towns on the Aleppo-Gaziantep road, disconnecting eastern Aleppo city from the northern countryside and Turkey. The city is still connected with Turkey through the Bab al-Hawa border crossing in the western part of Idlib province.

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The Aleppo ProjectAleppo Weekly February 1-7