Turkey praised for policy granting work permits to Syrian refugees

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UNHCR’s High Commissioner Filippo Grandi speaks at a press conference. Photo: UNHCR/Susan Hopper

Turkey's decision to allow Syrian refugees to apply for work permits has been hailed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as a "very big step."

The move will allow Syrians who have been in Turkey for at least six months to apply in the province where they first entered the country.

Dianne Penn reports.

The ongoing conflict in Syria has driven roughly 2.5 million citizens to neighbouring Turkey, which is hosting more refugees than any other country in the world.

Many are working illegally and often in low-paying jobs, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Under the new policy, Syrians with work permits would have to be paid at least the minimum wage.

The regulations will apply both to refugees living in cities and in camps.

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, underlined the importance of work for those who have been forced to leave their homelands.

He said "jobs mean dignity" and "a dignified life where you don't have to beg for money or to look for money from associations or the government."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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