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Turkey to give work permits to Syrian refugees

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Turkey will give work permits to Syrian refugees, seeking to provide greater integration and persuade them to not continue the route to Europe.

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Turkish Minister for European Affairs Volkan Bozkir said that the measure seeks to reduce the pressure of illegal immigration into Europe, giving job opportunities to Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Bozkir made the statement at a press conference following a meeting with Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

Turkey and Syria signed in 2009 an agreement to lift the requirement of visas between the two countries, which helped more than two million Syrians to seek protection in Turkey in the recent years, following the beginning of war in 2011.

As part of the efforts of the European Union (EU) to reduce the inflow of foreign people, the bloc and Turkey signed an agreement in late 2015, for the latter to ensure better living conditions to refugees and this way persuade them to stay in this country.

To implement the agreement, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government was given a financial support of $ 3 billion euros and the commitment to boost negotiations for Turkey to join the 28-member bloc.

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