In Turkey, there has been a large increase in the active working population, but a very modest rise in the demand for labour. As a result, labourforce participation rates have constantly decreased during the last decades and work in the informal sector has grown. Problems such as underemployment, an unqualified young population and the growth of the informal sector certainly exist, but their solution seems a long way off due to internal and external economic conditions. Even though more active employment policies are urgently needed in the country, they are left off the agenda. However, realistic solutions can only be achieved in Turkey, and indeed worldwide, by radical changes in economic and social understanding which may bring about global rationalisation.
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