In Turkey the refugee crisis has reached unprecedented proportions. Tens of thousands of Afghans have arrived in an effort to get to the European Union, as well as thousands more from Asia and Africa. And more recently, war ravaged Syria to its south has sent more than half a million refugees across the border. But Turkey’s complex refugee laws have left the vast majority of these asylum seekers in legal limbo: they can’t leave Turkey to seek asylum elsewhere, and they’re not legally allowed to work or gain access to basic services like health care.

Broadcast on Making Contact in an episode following the Syrian refugee crisis.