Dutch and Turkish Companies take initiative to employ Syrian refugees
Meeting with Lilianne
Ploumen, Foreign Trade and Development Minister of the Netherlands
Signing ceremony for a
letter of intent in regards to providing of employment for Syrian citizens by Dutch
companies located in Turkey was realized with the participation of Lilianne
Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Minister of the Netherlands), Ömer Cihad
VARDAN (DEIK Chairperson), Murat ÖZYEGIN (Head of DEIK Turkey-Netherlands
Business Council), Cornelis van RIJ (Dutch Ambassador) in Istanbul, on May 2th
that was undertaken by the Dutch Embassy to provide job opportunities and
create employment for 2,7 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, revealed
the support extended by Dutch companies located in Turkey in regards to
employment of Syrian workers. The survey targets full time employment of Syrian
citizens by a Dutch company operating in Turkey, following a six month training
and support period. As a result of this agreement, concerned Dutch companies
signed a letter of intent in the presence of Ms. PLOUMEN (The Dutch Minister),
to create employment for said Syrian refugees, providing similar opportunities
and conditions to those provided for Turkish citizens.
Lilianne PLOUMEN who
delivered a speech at the ceremony said it was gratifying to see that continued
efforts since last year had come to its current stage and also expressed there
was much more work waiting for us to be accomplished.
On the other hand Mr.
VARDAN (chairperson of DEIK) drew attention to timing of this initiative with
U.N. World Humanitarian Summit and commented that the initiative was a good
example. Mr. VARDAN who emphasized similar initiatives should be repeated and
such support meant an opportunity for Syrian refugees to lead a life with human
dignity, beyond being a one-time financial support such as funding, donation
At the end of the ceremony the Dutch and Turkish companies that were present at this meeting signed a letter of intent for employing Syrian refugees.