Child labor among Syrian refugees and problems: case of Kilis Cover Image

Suriyeli sığınmacı çocuk işçiler ve sorunları: Kilis örneği
Child labor among Syrian refugees and problems: case of Kilis

Author(s): Muazzez Harunoğulları
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Economy, Geography, Regional studies, Labor relations, Economic policy, Social differentiation, Family and social welfare, Demography and human biology, Nationalism Studies, Economic development, Migration Studies, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Syrian immigrants; child labor; Turkey; asylum seekers;

Summary/Abstract: The number of refugees fleeing to Turkey due to the civil war in Syria has exceeded 3 millions. As a border city, Kilis hosts a large population of Syrian refugees. The purpose of this study is to examine child labor issue among Syrian refugees and their socio-spatial and socio-economic conditions in Kilis. This study evaluates the problems of child workers whose right to live a healthy life and to play was imperiled. Certain neighborhoods selected according to stratified sampling method and 62 child workers were interviewed and observed in this study. Survey, interview and observation methods were used to collect data about Syrian child labor. Quantitative data were presented in tables and figures; qualitative data was evaluated with the descriptive analysis method. It was found out that poverty, unemployed parents, the number of siblings and eagerness to support the family are among the factors affecting Syrian child labor. The Syrian refugee children who were forced to work face many physical, social and psychological problems. To solve these issues the public authorities should take necessary precautions and need to ensure suitable work places both for parents and children.

  • Issue Year: 3/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 29-63
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: Turkish