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Only 10 percent of Syrians in Turkey are skilled workers.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Though Turkey plans to grant work permits to Syrians in the country, only 10 percent of the 2.5 million residing in Turkey are skilled workers, according to official figures.

A large number of Syrians currently work illegally in the service industry or in small basement factories and workshops, often for pay well below the minimum wage. Numerous reports have indicated that Syrian children are working in slave-like conditions in border provinces.

Many of the Syrians who fled to Greece by way of a dangerous Aegean Sea crossing have cited the lack of ability to work in Turkey as the primary reason for leaving the country.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesperson Numan KurtulmuE- said the issue of granting work permits to Syrian refugees in Turkey was discussed in the meeting, after the Ministry of Labor and Social of Security submitted details of its work on the issue to the Cabinet. The spokesperson said a relevant decree will be soon issued.

In a bid to ease concerns over the possible effect of the move on Turkey's unemployment rate, the deputy prime minister underlined that the decree to be issued will bring some restrictions as well.

According to the decree, the refugees will be able to apply for a work permit six months after they receive their temporary identity cards, and they will only be able to work in the provinces in which they officially reside. He added that employers will only be allowed to hire Syrian refugees as 10 percent of their workforce. KurtulmuE- said Turkey currently hosts more than 2 million refugees, adding that 7,351 of them had previously been given work permits.

Under this decree, Syrians will be barred from working in the tourism sector. Agricultural laborers may not end up receiving minimum wage, as workers in the sector are to be paid a "flexible" wage.

[Cihan/Today's Zaman] CyHAN

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Date:Jan 13, 2016
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