A SYRIAN PERSPECTIVE
The number of Syrians living in Turkey is around 3 million, according to official records. This figure is more than the population of many countries in Europe. The number of immigrant and refugee students currently enrolled in primary education in Turkey is more than 500,000. In comparison, the number of students in primary education in Finland is around 370,000. A research study by Xsights on Syrian immigrants, which make up around 4% of Turkey’s population, reveals some remarkable data. The living conditions of the Syrians residing outside the camps in Turkey, the daily difficulties they face and their plans for their future were examined in the study. The results are as follows:
X20% of the Syrians who live outside the camps in Turkey had no family members in their country. However, 32% had a relative in countries outside of Turkey
X79% of the Syrians living outside the camps experienced language problems every day
X75% had difficulties in finding accommodation and/or housing
X82% faced difficulties in finding jobs
XOnly 14% said they are aware of their rights, and 26% felt integrated in Turkey, though Syrian beneficiaries of public services felt more integrated
XWhile 73% of the Syrians living outside the camps felt safe, 38% said they were satisfied with living in Turkey.