Child labor on the rise in Turkey amid Syrian refugee influx

12 Jun 2016
Turkish Weekly

The Turkish weekly reports that experts have expressed alarm that the already high figure of child laborers in Turkey, which numbered almost 1 million in 2012, has been increasing, as millions of Syrian refugees try to earn a living after crossing the border into Turkey.

A total of 893,000 children between the ages of 6 and 17 were working in 2012, according to data released by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) four years ago, whereas a joint report prepared by international humanitarian aid agency Support to Life and the Istanbul Bilgi University’s Center for Migration Research warned that the figure could be much higher today as Syrian refugee children join the shadow economy.

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