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Turkey’s southern province of Hatay has been deeply affected by the turmoil in Syria since April 2011. But, remarkably, despite damage in some areas, and new tensions after border car bombings in early 2013, Hatay’s story is still reflecting Turkish economic flexibility and resilience. One reason is that the Turkey-Syria trade boom was too new to have put down deep roots. Secondly, Hatay business people found new opportunities in the Syrian crisis. Thirdly, whereas Syria’s GDP per capita was greater than Turkey’s three decades ago, even before the war Turkey’s economic performance, wealth, stability, and resilience had already far outstripped that of Syria.