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25 Jul 2017

Foreign Trade Association (FTA)

Guidance on integrating Syrian refugees in Turkish supply chains

"Syrian Nationals Working in Turkish Supply Chains", Feb 2017

This document provides guidance for BSCI participants to better understand and prevent abuses and exploitation of Syrian workers within their supply chains in Turkey. It will also provide guidance on how best to identify and mitigate such abuses should they occur. While this document is relevant to other refugees and migrants in Turkey, it highlights the particular circumstances and risks related to this vulnerable group.
Key areas addressed:

• The current working conditions of Syrian nationals, including contractual arrangements, working hours, remuneration in cash and kind, access to social protection and occupational health and safety;

• Access to the labour market, including legal constraints and barriers that prevent individual workers under temporary protection from accessing the formal labour market (e.g. ease of obtaining work permits), and share of Syrian nationals working in the informal economy.

Although this guidance focuses on Syrian nationals in Turkey, it is vital to keep in mind that there continues to be an influx of migrants and refugees from other countries who have also fled to Turkey and need assistance...

[also available in Arabic and Turkish]