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Today, the main agenda of the Syria Crisis Response in Turkey is the access of Syrians to the income and employment opportunities that would create self-reliance and prevent them from depending on humanitarian assistance it’s the long-term sustainability of which is subject to uncertainties. Durable solutions to such a protracted crisis will only be possible if the resilience of individuals, communities and institutions is strengthened, so that refugees are able to rely on their own resources rather than humanitarian assistance.
While refugees are too often portrayed only as beneficiaries of national and international assistance, it is crucial to recognize their immense resilience and creativity to harvest their full potential. Access to self-reliance plays a key role in ensuring that refugees are able to not only meet their basic needs and live in dignity, but also to enable them to contribute positively to their host communities and the local economy.