In Turkish sweatshops, Syrian children sew to survive

26 Jul 2016
Thomas Reuters Foundation

Thomas Reuters Foundation reports on conditions in Turkey for Syrian refugees. It is not uncommon for children as young as 10 to be working in factories producing cheap goods for the Western fashion retail market. Meanwhile, of course, these children are missing out on an education: upon which their future relies. Despite Turkish laws which prohibit children under the age of 15 from working, many have to work simply to survive. The illegality of this labor also increases the vulnerability of already marginalized members of society and increases the likelihood of exploitation. Some of the conditions these children work in are extremely dangerous and this arguably calls into question the EU-Turkey migrant deal. How safe is Turkey for refugees and migrants, especially for the most vulnerable groups such as children?

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