The arrival and significant increase of the population of Syrian refugees in Tur-key in the last years, brought the issue of their survival as a big community in a new country. By being an important country about textile sector for the West, refugees started to engage with textile work in Turkey. Since the Northwestern part of the country has prevalence of textile work, many Syrian male refugees engaged with this sector. And therefore, since textile work is very open to vul-nerability on labor rights, the situation may be even harder for Syrian refugees. At this point, intersectionality of being masculine, Syrian, a refugee, and a worker can positively and/or negatively alter Syrian male refugees’ vulnerability. For all these reasons, this paper analyzes the narratives of Syrian male refugee textile workers about their work in the textile industry in Northwestern Turkey, from the perspective of labor vulnerability and resilience, and using the framework of intersectionality.

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Pegler, Lee
Social Justice Perspectives (SJP)
International Institute of Social Studies

Özdemir, Merve Merih. (2020, December 18). Intersectional vulnerability and resilience: Syrian male refugee textile workers in Northwestern Turkey. Social Justice Perspectives (SJP). Retrieved from