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1. Posted by Billy1410 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hello.

This is actually not about me, but for a friend. Since his English is not so good, I decided to ask for him. I don't know where to ask, so I apologize if I'm at the wrong place.

So basically, he's Syrian and works in Turkey right now. The problem is that he is dealing with discrimination at his workplace and doesn't get a proper salary, even though he does most of the work there. He basically lives as a prisoner and it seems like nothing can be done.

He wants to leave Turkey and move out somewhere else, but the thing is he doesn't have a Turkish citizenship and a passport. Going back to his homeland is too dangerous due to the war, so we don't want this.

My question is - what can be done in this situation? What does he need to do in order to legally leave Turkey and fix his life?

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1066 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Turkey is presently home to more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees. Their situation isn't particularly good but it is, of course, much safer than the situation in Syria. President Erdogan has urged the creation of 'safe zones' outside Turkey and appears to want Syrian refugees to move/ be moved into those zones.

Is your friend legally in Turkey? Is he a registered refugee?

If he does not have a passport I'm sorry but I see no way for him to legally leave Turkey.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Dec-2019, 19:44 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Billy1410 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Turkey is presently home to more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees. Their situation isn't particularly good but it is, of course, much safer than the situation in Syria. President Erdogan has urged the creation of 'safe zones' outside Turkey and appears to want Syrian refugees to move/ be moved into those zones.

Is your friend legally in Turkey? Is he a registered refugee?

If he does not have a passport I'm sorry but I see no way for him to legally leave Turkey.

Yes, he's legally there, along with his family.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1066 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

You don't say where you are.

I've done a bit of research and it seems UK refugee charities, support groups etc only (understandably) deal with people already in the UK. If you're in the UK you could try contacting one of them for advice but, to be honest, I doubt they'll be willing or able to advise about what someone in Turkey (or any other country) should do.

If you're not in the UK you could research similar charities etc in your own country and see if any of them can provide you with information or, ideally, a Turkish organisation which your friend could contact.

Caritas lists securing personal documentation as an area which it supports:

https://www.caritas.org/where-caritas-work/europe/turkey/

It's a very, very difficult situation and I applaud you trying to help your friend. Please do your best to persuade him not to take any of the illegal options which I'm certain are available to him.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Dec-2019, 22:02 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by Billy1410 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

You don't say where you are.

I've done a bit of research and it seems UK refugee charities, support groups etc only (understandably) deal with people already in the UK. If you're in the UK you could try contacting one of them for advice but, to be honest, I doubt they'll be willing or able to advise about what someone in Turkey (or any other country) should do.

If you're not in the UK you could research similar charities etc in your own country and see if any of them can provide you with information or, ideally, a Turkish organisation which your friend could contact.

Caritas lists securing personal documentation as an area which it supports:

https://www.caritas.org/where-caritas-work/europe/turkey/

It's a very, very difficult situation and I applaud you trying to help your friend. Please do your best to persuade him not to take any of the illegal options which I'm certain are available to him.

I'm sure he knows the risk of taking an illegal option, but I'll make sure to tell him. I read about Caritas on the page you sent me and I read that they cooperate with Germany. That's where I currently live and I personally think it would be perfect if there's a way for him to come here as discrimination is very uncommon in Germany. Anyway thanks for your time, I appreciate it!