The Civil Society Representatives Spoke about the Young Refugees and Unemployment

The Civil Society Representatives Spoke about the Young Refugees and Unemployment

The workshop, “Local Development, the Refugee Crisis and the Unemployment of Young People”, which was organized by Co-Opinion at Hasan Kalyoncu University focused, mainly the unemployment issues, on the problems of the young refugees.
At the event, which the important organizations such as TEPAV, ORSAM, International Labor Organization, International Amnesty Organization, Global Affairs Forum, the Foundation of Heinrich Böll, immigration research centers and the representatives of universities attended, Prof. Edibe Sözen, the Director of Al Sharq Forum Researches, Galip Dalay, Assist. Prof. Akın Ünver from Kadir Has University, Assist. Prof. Sezer Özcan from Hasan Kalyoncu University participated as speaker or moderator.
According to the official statistics, the number of Syrian people in Turkey is nearly 2 million and 226 thousand. More than half of this number consists of the children who are between 0-17 years old and the 85% of it lives out of the places which are not included in the government’s accommodation setting. The rising unemployment and the high cost of living in places near the border were thoroughly analyzed by the authorities. Also, Sezer Özcan was presented a plaque by the Co-Opinion for the contributions to organize the event.
The participants visited the Elbeyli refugee accommodation setting by the coordination of Rawdanur Cuma and could observe the successful substructure and the activities in the setting.
Semuhi Sinanoğlu, the founder and the chairman of Co-Opinion, explained the aims and the meaning of the event: “Refugee problem is also the problem of youth because of high rate of population of them who were displaced. That the refugees should be adapted to the social and economic life in Turkey and this crisis should be turned into an opportunity in terms of human resource should be considered in the local development strategies. Therefore it is necessary to have a new point of view for the politics of industry, employment, education and social politics. This event is the first one of our future event that we will hold this year. Our aim is to find youth-friendly solutions by handing the issue with its different aspects.”
 
What and Who is Co-Opinion?
Co-Opinion is a non-partisan youth solidarity network which brings more than 25 shareholder institutions including Middle East and North Africa Youth “STK”s, student councils, academic institutes to advocate the youth policies in the region. The first partner institutions of the network have been determined by “UNDP” and the World Bank. The permanent secretariat of the Co-Opinion network has been associated in Turkey and the management committee consists of more than 40 volunteers and local representatives.
 

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