Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Turkey has taken responsibility for by far the largest number of refugees in the world over the past five years. Undoubtedly, hosting almost three million refugees has been neither logistically nor politically easy. This is why the success of sustainable migration policies is crucial in terms of the mutual adaptation of Syrians and the host community in Turkey. Therefore, educating refugees is the most important issue for reaching social agreement. Even though various regulations on education have been implemented in Turkey since 2012, it is hard to affirm the existence of any stable policies on this issue. This study discusses Turkey’s current education policies for Syrian children and sets forth the essentials needed to increase the number of Syrian children being educated and to upgrade educational facilities.
Syrian refugees , Crisis , Education , Public schools , GEMs
- Further scientific research on Syrian refugees in Turkey should be encouraged.
- It is also critical for local administrations to cooperate more with international institutions (UNICEF in particular) during their research in Turkey. Through cooperation, more solid data will be obtained.
- In host countries apart from Turkey, more monitoring is needed on education and health services in particular.
- Considering the wave of migration to Europe, international institutions should spend efforts in Germany and Canada with resuming educational activities that target refugees as in Turkey, because both countries have been exposed to a heavy influx of Syrian refugees.
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