The head of the Turkish Asylum and Migration Research Center said that the desire of Syrian refugees to return home has decreased significantly, even though security is likely to be established in Syria.
The center’s president, Metin Çorabatır, told the Turkish newspaper Birgun that careful research through several robust surveys reveals that the desire to return to Syria has decreased among Syrian refugees over the years.
The failure to grant Syrian refugees the right to work officially has led them to work in other sectors to earn a living, Çorabatır said, noting that “their desperate circumstances force them to develop coping mechanisms to overcome the difficulties they face in their struggle for survival.”
Such mechanisms, he said, “can sometimes be negative, particularly with regard to child labor and early marriage.”
“Despite all these difficulties, the Syrian refugee community makes a significant contribution to the Turkish economy, Turkish culture, Turkish cuisine, the hospitality sector, and the Turkish language,” he said.
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