From email@example.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Dec 20 11:28:02 2015
The conditions of Syrians in Turkiye, most likely almost everywhere else, is very sad and heart breaking.
The grand-father generation of Syrian refugees in Turkiye and the entire Arab World including the Middle East cooperated with the victors of WWI (French, British, USA and others) rebelled against Ottoman state (their fellow Khalif of Islam) raped,
tortured, massacred Ottoman Turkish subjects (their fellow Ottoman subjects and fellow brothers in Islam) by the millions, forced them out of their homes.
About 100 years later, their grand-children are trying to survive in Turkiye from brutalities of the puppet regime, Assad and his cronies, the victors of WWI has established.
What wrong calculation on the part of Syrians, haa!!
Finding the necessary solution for the whole heart-breaking stuation in Syria is the responsibilty of the victors of WWI they are trying their best to avoid, but they keep complaining about side products they have created, the Islamist terrorists.
PICTURE: Many Syrians in the Turkish capital, for example, work for a daily wage of as low as TL 15 ($5). Among the luckier ones in Ankara get paid up to TL 30 ($10) per day. (Photos: Sunday's Zaman, Mevlut Karabulut)
December 19, 2015, Saturday/ 17:00:00/ YAVUZ AKENGIN / ANKARA
Life is full of struggles for more than 2 million Syrians who have sought refuge in Turkey, with many of them working for next to nothing in order to survive.
Many Syrians in the Turkish capital, for example, work for a daily wage of as low as TL 15 ($5). The luckier ones among the approximately 50,000 Syrians in Ankara get paid up to TL 30 ($10) a day. They are usually considered by small companies as "cheap
labor," and many have to work without social security.
You can also see some Syrian children working in organized industrial zones such as OSTIM and for small furniture workshops in the capital's Siteler neighborhood. Most of the Syrians working in such places usually live in shanty houses that they rent in
the neighborhoods surrounding the business site. In OSTIM, Syrians are usually paid a daily wage of TL 15. According to some employers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, many of the Syrians who work in OSTIM are young people. Some also stay
overnight at the workplace. According to official figures there are 2,291,900 Syrian refugees in Turkey, but the actual figure is estimated to be significantly higher. Only around 250,000 of the refugees in Turkey live in camps set up mostly in provinces
near the Syrian border.
Nearly one-third of the officially registered Syrians are young. School-age children are particularly vulnerable as most fail to get schooling. According to a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), there are 708,000 Syrians in Turkey who are of
school age. More than 400,000 of them are not able to attend school, despite the Turkish government allowing them access to the Turkish education system. According to the HRW report titled "When I Picture My Future, I See Nothing: Barriers to Education
for Syrian Refugee Children in Turkey," only 25 percent of the school-age children who live outside of camps go to school.
One furniture maker in Siteler said in remarks to Sunday's Zaman that he has three Syrian employees. As he has employed the Syrians without registering them in the social security system, he spoke on condition of anonymity. Noting that he is not alone in
employing Syrians this way, he said, "They are after earning their bread, and we are after workers." He also said there are children among those employed by furniture makers in Siteler. The businessman praised the Syrian workers, saying: "Particularly
those from Aleppo are very skilled at making furniture. They are hardworking and meticulous." Some other employers, however, prefer to take on Turkish citizens instead of Syrians, arguing that there are many locals who are jobless.
Another local in the furniture business said, "But everybody prefers to employ Syrians as they work without any social security and agree to work for less than Turkish workers." Ahmad Musa is a Syrian who also works for a furniture maker in Siteler. He
used to run a restaurant in Aleppo. Musa had to leave his town when the Syrian planes started to bomb it. Like the great majority of Syrians in the Turkish capital, he lives in the Índer neighborhood, which is near Siteler. "We don't have any social
security, but we have to work. My relatives are also similarly employed," Musa said.
Syrians are paid TL 700-800 ($239-273), said Musa, who dreams of going back to Aleppo when the clashes end. The Índer neighborhood looks, so to speak, like Syria in miniature form. Some Syrians run modest grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants in the
neighborhood. You can see many shops with their windows covered in Arabic words.
A significant number of Syrians are also employed in the textile industry in Ankara.