On the 28th of July, Turkish Parliament approved a new law to regulate the international labour force in Turkey. The Turkish government, in its attempt to create an attractive economic atmosphere in the country, wants to make it easier for foreigners to get a work permission in Turkey.
The new law of international labour force will replace former labor law No. 4817 that has been active since 2003 and will grant foreigners in Turkey rights similar to the Turkish citizens while not being recruited for military service or allowed political participation or work in government’s formal bureaus.
The new law aims to benefit the qualified foreigners by giving them work permits for a year, which workers can renew for two or three years after their first application. Staying in Turkey for at least eight years gives the chance to apply for permanent work permission which will grant the foreign workers the same rights of the Turkish citizen with the aforementioned exceptions.
A ‘’Turquoise Card’’ may be given to foreigners with high academic degrees, skilled and creative inventors, depending on their contribution to the country. Foreign students in Turkey also have the chance to apply for work permit in Turkey within a year of their graduation, while those still studying can apply for work permit after finishing a year of studying. Post-graduates are exempted from this condition.
The new law on international labour force in Turkey covers those residing in Turkey under temporary protection status, which may create better chances for Syrians to settle in Turkey, start long term projects and investments and decrease the numbers of refugees aspiring to leave Turkey to reach Europe.
Read more about the law here. (Part 1, Part 2)