Project Description


C4ED supported a KfW-spearhead project in Turkey on refugees’ integration into the labor market.

Conflicts result in massive displacements of population within and outside the conflict-afflicted countries. Such displacements raise numerous challenges in terms of human rights, integration, and infrastructures, among others. Currently, Turkey hosts the world’s largest community of Syrian refugees displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria. A recent survey indicated that about 97 percent of female Syrians living in host communities have not been able to earn an income, and almost 80 percent of respondents neither have sufficient food nor the financial resources to purchase food for the upcoming seven days (AFAD 2014). Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of refugees have insufficient vocational education and language skills resulting in inadequate job opportunities.


C4ED conducted research on potential policy instruments for the integration of Syrian refugees into the Turkish labor market. Finding and implementing effective measures for the integration of Syrian refugees into the Turkish labor market, complemented by rigorous impact evaluations, will be essential for their long-term integration into Turkish society.