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.