Society, Politics, and Economy in Modern Turkey: Sociology of Turkey - Maintained by Tugrul Keskin
We are at a point in our work when we can no longer ignore empires and the imperial context in our studies. (p. 5)
― Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Syrians in Turkey – The Economics of Integration

By Timur Kaymaz and Omar Kadkoy

TEPAV - September  2016

Worldwide,  as  of  2016,   65   million   people   have   been    displaced   from   their   homes,    the  highest  level  ever  recorded.   Moreover,  Turkey  is  now  home   to the largest refugee population  in the world. As of August 2016,  the number of registered Syrian  refugees   (officially   referred   to    as    Syrians    under    Temporary     Protection    by    the    relevant     Turkish regulation, 2014/6883) is  recorded  as  2,724,937.   The  integration  of  Syrians  into   the  Turkish  economy  has  so  far   been through human interaction  rather   than   policy   design.   A    longterm, sustainable  framework  of integration for Syrian workers  and     entrepreneurs     is     still      missing   as   we   near   the   fifth    anniversary of the refugee influx.  However,  recently,  the  Turkish   government’s    policy    position     on  the  Syrian  population  has   gradually  begun  evolving  from   one  of  ‘hospitality’  to  one  of   ‘integration’.   In   this   piece   we    outline the current state of play  in terms of economic integration  and    list    potential    areas    of     intervention  for  local,  national   and   international   actors.

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