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2 Apr 2016

Marc Bain, Quartz

How garment brands are working to stop factories in Turkey from exploiting Syrian refugees

"Major fashion brands are trying to stop their factories in Turkey from exploiting Syrian refugees", 1 Apr 2016

As Syrian refugees continue to pour into Turkey, desperate for any source of income, many are taking jobs in Turkey’s garment industry.

In February, the Business & Human Rights Resource Center reported that an estimated 250,000 to 400,000 Syrian refugees were working in Turkey illegally, including at apparel factories that supply well-known brands. While providing income to these migrants is undoubtedly helpful, those that get jobs without a work permit are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

To make sure refugees aren’t being exploited, Primark, the Irish chain known for its astoundingly cheap clothes, has said it doubled its factory inspections in Turkey...

[also refers to Inditex, H&M, Next, C&A]