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Syrian refugee grape pickers in Turkey

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A Turkish military convoy stops for a moment while travelling to the border between Turkey and Syria, near the southeastern Turkish city of Kilis July 30, 2012.
A Turkish military convoy stops for a moment while travelling to the border between Turkey and Syria, near the southeastern Turkish city of Kilis July 30, 2012. Reuters/Umit Bektas

An estimated 78,500 Syrians have legally crossed the border into Turkey since the start of the current uprising. As the camps fill up, refugees are struggling to cope with rising rents and a shortage of jobs. In the Turkish town of Kilis, many refugees working on grape farms have accepted low pay and unpleasant conditions.

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