Turkey to let Syrians work in bid to stem refugee flow into EU

By Michael Pizzi. Published in Al Jazeera America.

Turkey plans to offer work permits for Syrian refugees, an official said Monday, announcing a step that was praised by advocates for refugees, although the policy is primarily aimed at slowing the flow of refugees into Europe.

“We are trying to reduce the pressure for illegal migration by giving Syrians in Turkey work permits," Volkan Bazkir, Turkey’s minister for European Affairs, told reporters on Monday.

The shift by Turkey, which has become the world’s biggest host of refugees since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, comes after a deal struck between Ankara and the European Union in November over how to manage the surge of Syrian refugees into Europe.

Read the full article in Al Jazeera America.