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. 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.

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    Earthquake adds further financial burden to already struggling households and workers in Aleppo

    14 August 2023

    Many families are facing difficulties finding work and a stable source of income following the earthquake which hit the Syrian city of Aleppo in February 2023.

  3. Jobs that help neighbourhoods recover from the earthquakes

    03 August 2023

    Following the earthquakes that hit Syria and Türkiye earlier this year, ILO infrastructure recovery works engaged communities in clearing debris and rubble in Aleppo, making many streets accessible and creating hundreds of short-term jobs