On our minds: Syrian refugees in Turkish garment factories
The vulnerability of refugees cannot be taken advantage of, says Fair Wear Foundation.
Garment worker non-profit Fair Wear Foundation means that under no circumstances should the vulnerability of refugees be used to deny them their basic rights, advising brands that find refugee labour in their supply chain to work with the supplier towards formalising the workers’ status – but admits that this may be difficult in the current climate. Read more here.
Following up on the Syrian garment worker thread, on our minds is the estimated 250,000 to 400,000 Syrian refugees, including children, working in Turkey illegally–many in factories producing clothes for famous high street brands. Though a factory job may provide a vital source of income for exposed migrants with limited options, taking up a job without a permit has shown to make workers extra vulnerable to abuse.
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