Th-SYM-327-4 - Employment Barriers Of Refugees In Turkey: Identifying Potential Labor Force And Competencies

Thursday May 18   01:15 PM to 02:15 PM (1 hour)
Intel Theatre
Global Issues
Employment Barriers of Refugees in Turkey: Identifying Potential Labor Force and Competencies
I. Isik*, S. Yilmaz 1, A. Fahmi 2, R. Kanca 3, E. Seven Bozcam 4
1Istanbul Bilgi University, 2Istanbul Technical University, 3İstanbul University, 4ESB Bilgi Egitim Planlama Danismanlik, İstanbul, Turkey
Main Abstract Content: Syrian refugee crisis is in its fifth year and according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, 2016), the largest number of registered Syrian refugees settled in Turkey’s borders. Turkey faces the challenge of refugees’ integration to host communities by letting them access to labor market. However, there are hurdles in this process. This project explores barriers especially in the recruitment process that inhibit placement of refugees to appropriate positions in accordance with their before-war competencies. Currently, we investigate the perception of stakeholders on refugees’ integration to work. The industries with labor shortage in Turkey is examined. These initial steps are realized to meet the objectives of project for “understanding perspectives of stakeholders towards migration/refugees” and “analyzing labor shortage in Turkey”. Stakeholders are seen as employers, representatives from Ministry of Interior, UNHCR Turkey, and Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM). In order to explore sectors which have vacancies in Turkey, we investigate Eurostat statistics. Third phase focuses on identifying potential labor force, i.e., competencies of Syrian refugees in order. The key variables include length/areas of residence in Turkey, demographic characteristics, household composition, pre-migration qualifications like language, education, occupation/employment at home country. Employment conditions and terms, industry, salary, job satisfaction, and employer attitudes are explored with currently employed refugees. This study aims to contribute to refugees’ integration to labor market by applying scientist-practitioner perspective of industrial/organizational psychology which will be the ground to discuss the findings of current project as well. 


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