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The Impact of Syrian Refugees on the Turkish Economy: Regional Labour Market Effects

Department of Economics, İzmir University of Economics, İzmir 35330, Turkey
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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(4), 129;
Received: 8 September 2017 / Revised: 25 October 2017 / Accepted: 26 October 2017 / Published: 28 October 2017
The Syrian civil war resulted in mass migration out of Syria into the neighboring countries. Turkey has received the greatest number of refugees from Syria. The Syrian refugees mostly initially settled in refugee camps in Southeastern Turkey. As the Syrian conflict intensified and lengthened, the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey increased and the Syrian population started to reside in the neighboring provinces and started to have important effects on the local economy. In 2016, Syrian refugees were allowed to receive work permits and they became more dispersed geographically. This paper investigates the impact of Syrian refugees on regional labour markets. Panel data for the years 2004 through 2016 is utilized for 26 regions in Turkey. Syrian refugees are found to increase unemployment and decrease informal and formal employment. View Full-Text
Keywords: Syrian refugees; migration; labour market; Turkey Syrian refugees; migration; labour market; Turkey
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Esen, O.; Oğuş Binatlı, A. The Impact of Syrian Refugees on the Turkish Economy: Regional Labour Market Effects. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 129.

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