The Impacts of Forced Migration on Regional Economies: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

  •  Cengiz Bahcekapili    
  •  Buket Cetin    


The civil war in Syria which began in 2010 has led to a significant migration wave in the region. Many countries neighboring Syria, especially Turkey, have received a large number of immigrants in their lands. Initially thought to be temporary, this necessary move has become a significant economic, political and social problem with the intensification of the internal conflict in Syria. According to official figures, the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey reached 1.7 million in 2015. A significant proportion of refugees live in camps near the Syrian border and in large cities and towns close to the camps. Such humanitarian crises have a number of negative effects not only on the immigrants themselves but also on the host countries. The main objective of the study is to discuss the economic impacts of the Syrian immigrant crisis since 2011 on Southeastern Anatolia region, which is intensely populated by the migration and in Turkey in general. The effects of migration on unemployment, prices, internal migration and regional foreign trade will be examined.

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