Afghanis Display Much Dexterity in The Turkish Economy

Afghan refugee entrepreneurs appear to be increasingly finding success in Turkey, where they bring to the local economy, not only their savings, but sought-after know-how, whether in restaurants, commerce or skilled crafts and specialities.

In turn, Turkey offers refugees simplified administrative procedures for setting up a new business.

Turkey hosts nearly four million refugees, with Syrians making up the largest group, but Afghans number more than 145,000, according to Amnesty International figures released last year.

Some people in Turkey view refugees as a burden, but a different picture emerges in Burhan’s bustling Istanbul suburb, where refugees have made significant investment in the Turkish economy.

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Afghan refugee entrepreneurs appear to be increasingly finding success in Turkey, where they bring to the local economy, not only their savings, but sought-after know-how, whether in restaurants, commerce or skilled crafts and specialities. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Afghan refugee entrepreneurs appear to be increasingly finding success in Turkey, where they bring to the local economy, not only their savings, but sought-after know-how, whether in restaurants, commerce or skilled crafts and specialities. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, holds one of his work on his hand at his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.  OZAN KOSE / AFP

Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, holds one of his work on his hand at his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, poses for a picture in his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.  OZAN KOSE / AFP

Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, poses for a picture in his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Grand Bazar Istanbul  (Shutterstock)

Grand Bazar Istanbul (Shutterstock)

Expert Afghan jeweler Khalil Nuri poses for a picture in his shop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.   OZAN KOSE / AFP

Expert Afghan jeweler Khalil Nuri poses for a picture in his shop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Jewelry store in Grand Bazar (Shutterstock)

Jewelry store in Grand Bazar (Shutterstock)

An Afghan waitress checks her smartphone at an Afghan Kebab restaurant at Esenyurt district in Istanbul.  OZAN KOSE / AFP

An Afghan waitress checks her smartphone at an Afghan Kebab restaurant at Esenyurt district in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Afghan refugee entrepreneurs appear to be increasingly finding success in Turkey, where they bring to the local economy, not only their savings, but sought-after know-how, whether in restaurants, commerce or skilled crafts and specialities. OZAN KOSE / AFP
Afghan refugee entrepreneurs appear to be increasingly finding success in Turkey, where they bring to the local economy, not only their savings, but sought-after know-how, whether in restaurants, commerce or skilled crafts and specialities. OZAN KOSE / AFP
Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, holds one of his work on his hand at his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.  OZAN KOSE / AFP
Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, holds one of his work on his hand at his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP
Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, poses for a picture in his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.  OZAN KOSE / AFP
Hadi Ekhlas, engraver, poses for a picture in his workshop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP
Grand Bazar Istanbul  (Shutterstock)
Grand Bazar Istanbul (Shutterstock)
Expert Afghan jeweler Khalil Nuri poses for a picture in his shop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.   OZAN KOSE / AFP
Expert Afghan jeweler Khalil Nuri poses for a picture in his shop at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP
Jewelry store in Grand Bazar (Shutterstock)
Jewelry store in Grand Bazar (Shutterstock)
An Afghan waitress checks her smartphone at an Afghan Kebab restaurant at Esenyurt district in Istanbul.  OZAN KOSE / AFP
An Afghan waitress checks her smartphone at an Afghan Kebab restaurant at Esenyurt district in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP