Turkey, home to more than 3.5 million refugees from war-torn Syria, has inked a deal with International Labor Organization (ILO), to integrate Syrian immigrants into its textile workforce.
The Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (İHKİB), one of the most important associations in the apparel sector that leads Turkey’s export, inked the deal on behalf of the country.
In view of no end in sight to the conflict in Syria, Turkey started issuing work permits to refugees two years ago. Work permit given for textile, construction and manufacturing sectors can be renewed after one year, markedly.
İHKİB in association with ILO will run projects in cities with high population of Syrian refugees such as Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa to boost employment opportunities for them, reportedly informed ILO’s Turkey Director Numan Özcan.
ILO, which has been working for Syrain refugees since 2015, feels that the partnership with İHKİB is the right decision as it would generate huge employment opportunities for Syrian refugees and make a significant contribution to the country’s apparel sector and economy.
Incentives for employment and on-site consulting services would be provided to companies for proper recruitment of refugees under the deal.
İHKİB, notably, has more than 9,425 member exporter companies in the apparel field and aims to increase Turkey’s talent on garment and apparel exportation and introduce its industry globally.