On the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour, Tdh releases a new study on child labour among refugees of the Syrian conflict.
The study “Because we struggle to survive” sheds light on the problem of child labour, including its worst forms, among refugees from the on-going conflict in Syria and the tremendous spill-over effects in the region.
It presents the overall picture and analyses the push and pull factors for child labour among internally displaced children in Syria and refugee children in neighbouring countries, as well as in the countries they are heading to.
The result is clear:
Thousands of Syrian boys and girls are forced to work in their home country as well as in Syria’s neighbouring countries to ensure the survival of their families. Since 2014, the number of children working has dramatically increased.
Children bear an immense burden and have often taken the role of the breadwinner.
This results from the cut in humanitarian assistance due to a lack of funding, the depletion of income and savings of the families as well as a lack of work opportunities for adult refugees.