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Turkey: Around 250,000 Syrians working illegally in Turkey - at risk of exploitation

Author: Reuters, Published on: 3 December 2015

As Turkey prepares to give more Syrians the right to work, thousands of Turkish bosses are already benefiting from cheap and illegal Syrian labour, raising concerns about the treatment of vulnerable members of the world's largest refugee community.

But while low wages have brought suggestions that Syrians are being exploited, some fear they could be priced out of the labour market once new laws are introduced -- a dilemma that has prompted questions about efforts to integrate them into Turkish society...

...Around 250,000 Syrians are now working illegally in Turkey, an expert from the Centre for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) estimates...

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