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Primark ups factory inspections as Europe's refugee numbers swell

Primark has reportedly doubled the number of checks it makes on its supplier factories in Turkey amid concerns over the increased risk of exploiting Syrian refugees.

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The retailer’s head of ethical trading Paul Lister said the number of spot checks carried out by his ethics team will rise this year from 65 to 83, according to RTE News.

Around 100 of Primark’s 1,700 supplier factories worldwide are Turkish.

Turkey is the third largest supplier of clothing to Europe after China and Bangladesh and the world’s biggest host of refugees, including about 2.5 million Syrians.

A report by ethics watchdog the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, published earlier this year, highlighted the fact that some Turkish factories are illegally employing Syrian refugee children.

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