ILO response to the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

Described as “one of the biggest natural disasters of our times” the multiple earthquakes which struck Türkiye and northern Syria on 6 February 2023 have resulted in the death and injury of tens of thousands of people, and have caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure across both countries.

Disasters such as the earthquake have severe implications on the world of work. Jobs and livelihoods are destroyed, businesses interrupted and workplaces damaged. This can also lead to an exacerbation of other decent work deficits. In addition, debris and rubble removal works without proper safety measures also subject workers to a number of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) risk factors, such as exposure to hazardous objects, unsafe working conditions and work-related accidents.

In such a humanitarian context that requires a viable solution, one of the suitable instruments that the ILO can apply is the employment intensive approach. The approach aims to combine efforts to rehabilitate destroyed infrastructures with an immediate decent job creation scheme, and a longer-term objective of skills development and employability enhancement as well as improvement of working conditions. As such, the ILO interventions in the aftermath of the earthquake aim to ensure human security from an early recovery angle.


  1. Rehabilitating Dreams: The Human Voices behind Aleppo's School Rehabilitation Project

    24 November 2023

    In the heart of Aleppo, amidst the rubble left by earthquakes, a beacon of hope emerged through the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s project to rehabilitate and revive three schools in Aleppo.

  2. Providing therapy to all, including traumatized refugees and earthquake survivors

    10 November 2023

    Jin Dawod survived the horrors of the Syrian war and today lives in Türkiye where she founded Peace Therapist, an online platform that puts its users in contact with therapists who can support them in their native language, including by providing free therapy for all, including refugees traumatized by war as well as earthquake survivors.

  3. Acute labour shortages in earthquake-stricken regions of Türkiye

    28 August 2023

    ILO assessment reveals urgent labour market needs in the region badly hit by the earthquakes in eastern Türkiye earlier this year.