Turkey: Livelihoods External Update - February 2017

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 28 Feb 2017 View Original


  • The Government expanded access to legal employment for Syrian and non-Syrian refugees in Turkey in 2016 by introducing two important regulations. The right to work is an important milestone for refugee resilience. UNHCR is collaborating closely with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the Turkish Labour Agency to provide support. A firm ground was established for cooperation, and joint projects were launched in March 2016.


  • Assistance is limited and fragmented for refugees living in urban, peri-urban and rural areas: 90% of refugees are dispersed throughout 81 provinces and many have difficulties accessing essential services and livelihoods, exposing them to negative coping mechanisms and protection risks.

  • Increasing refugee needs/requests have brought livelihoods assistance to the fore since mid-2015: Given the protracted nature of displacement and the lack of durable solutions, refugees needs have evolved and livelihoods, namely receiving a wage/ self-employment, allow refugees to be selfreliant, contribute to their host society free from aid dependency, make choices, and live a life in dignity. Livelihoods will also help combat negative coping mechanisms.