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Turkey: Report evidences ongoing exploitation of Syrian refugees in garment industry, despite brand efforts & commitments

"Syrian Workers in Turkey's Garment Industry: Looking Back, Moving Forward", 12 November 2019

.... In recent years increasing attention has been directed toward the precarious employment conditions of Syrian refugees in...[the garment] sector...

...This study points to an urgent need to continue working towards improved workplace conditions for Syrian garment workers in Turkey. After years of public attention, the working situation of a huge majority of Syrians remains exploitative to a degree that is not only inconsistent with Turkish labour law but also stands in sharp contrast to brands’ commitments to responsible business conduct...

...[The] fieldwork finds strong evidence that positive change for Syrian garment workers will depend on a variety of targeted interventions at various scales...interventions should be tailored to the needs of different groups of refugee workers, taking into account the unique challenges they face regarding their age, gender, legal status, level of education and future aspirations...