Turkey planning to offer work permits for Syrian refugees

Turkey's minister for European Affairs says cabinet council working on introduction of work permits for Syrian refugees

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Photo by: AA

A Syrian refugee family staying in refugee camps established in Turkey's southeastern Van Province

Updated Jan 12, 2016

Turkey's Minister for European Affairs Volkan Bozkir said on Monday that the cabinet council is working on plans to offer work permits for Syrian refugees in the country.

Bozkir spoke about 3 billion euro sin aid which will be provided by United Nations for refugees in line with an agreement, saying that a mechanism will be established within the body of prime ministry for the regulation of the money.

The remarks by the minister came after a meeting with  European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans in Ankara.

Bozkir also told reporters that the numbers of refugees registered in Turkey has reached 2,421,000 - the largest Syrian refugee population of any country in the world.

He added that the number of people trying to illegally enter the country exceeded 150,000 in 2015 and Turkish authorities have stopped 500 refugees daily.

Turkey has adopted an open-door policy for civilians fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq, with around 2.5 million Syrian refugees currently being hosted in the country, which has spent around 8 billion euros ($8.73 billion) on providing for the refugee population since 2011.

TRTWorld and agencies