Challenges to Economic Integration and Social Inclusion of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

  • Citation: Bache, Christina. “Challenges to Economic Integration and Social Inclusion of Syrian Refugees in Turkey.” Career Development International 25, no. 1 (2019).
    • Topics:
    • Business and Trade
    • Keywords:
    • Turkey
    • Syria
    • social inclusion
    • economic integration
    • refugees
    • host communities
    • forced displacement

The following question drove this research: Would the pursuit of a rights-based approach, one that considers local dynamics and political sensitivities result in greater economic integration and social inclusion of Syrian refugees in Turkey? The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach This piece draws on independent research the author conducted in Turkey and other frontline states to the war in Syria from 2016 to 2018. Findings Despite a shift in government policy toward Syrian refugees, without an overarching rights-based approach that includes the participation of all stakeholders and considers local dynamics and political sensitivities, enhancing the livelihood security of Syrian refugees and vulnerable members of host communities remains bleak in Turkey. Originality/value This original paper closely examines the Government of Turkey’s response to the humanitarian crisis that was precipitated by the armed conflict in Syria. The paper also examines the socioeconomic dynamics and increased tensions between the Syrian refugee and host communities.

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