Turkey is under growing pressure from nearly three million Syrian refugees. To mitigate domestic tensions and spillover from regional conflicts, Ankara needs to develop, and find support for, new policies that open refugees’ routes to jobs, education and permanent legal status.
Fediya and her family stayed in Syria as long as they could. The food and other assistance they received from Mercy Corps helped them survive inside the country’s borders, and Fediya’s husband, Feras, even volunteered with the distributions to make sure the same support reached others in their community.
But as war raged on and the bombings moved closer to their home, Fediya and Feras made a hard decision: It was time to flee.
Period covered by this operation update: 1 January 2016 – 30 June 2016
The conflict in Syria is now in its sixth year, and has created an overwhelming and enduring humanitarian crisis. Four million Syrians are currently living in the neighbouring countries, and the crisis has spread over the region. As of 30 June 2016, there were over 2.7 million Syrian people living in Turkey. Out of them, around 252,988 people are living in camps under the protection of the Turkish Government.
By the end of September 2016, the total number of Syrian refugees registered worldwide had grown to 4 795 648 - 33% of whom are of schooling age. To date, Turkey has registered over 2.7 million Syrian refugees; hosting more Syrian refugees than any other nation in the world. In Turkey, there are approximately 900 000 children between the ages of 5-17, who should be in school. People in Need (PIN) provides free school transportation for 714 Syrian refugee children in Turkey thanks to the support from European Union Humanitarian Aid.
In this edition:
Developing a More Coordinated Approach to Voluntary Return
The Launch of IOM Family Assistance Programme in Istanbul and Gaziantep
Syrian Students in Kobane Continue Their Education in Their Refurbished Schools
Supporting Migrant Integration in Turkey at Central and Local Levels
Cash-based Assistance Programmes Empower Beneficiaries
Developing a More Coordinated Approach to Voluntary Return
In September, UNICEF and the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) prepared for the 2016-2017 school year, which began on 19 September – with a focus on student registration and scaled-up teacher training.
In western Turkey, an average of 113 refugees and migrants made the sea journey from Turkey to Greece, every day.
As 2016 enters its last quarter, the priority will be on fulfilling UNICEF’s commitments this year while planning the humanitarian response for 2017.
Today is the International Day of the Girl. A day when girls, their role in the world and their amazing potential is celebrated.
But 370,000 Syrian refugee girls under 18 living in Turkey will not be celebrating today. Having fled with their families from the horror of war in their home country, they are out of school and at risk of child labour, exploitation and early forced marriage.
Emergency Case Management (ECM)
IOM Turkey's Emergency Case Management (ECM) project was further expanded to assist the vulnerable population residing in three districts of Istanbul - Bagcilar, Basaksehir and Esenyurt - through a cooperation agreement with a humanitarian NGO, Support to Life (StL).
Today, the Steering Committee of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey met in Brussels for the fourth time.
The European Commission reported on the solid progress made to date, including the signature of two direct grants in the areas of education and health worth €600 million and on contracts worth €422 million for humanitarian aid.
REFUGEES’ RIGHT TO EDUCATION
An enabling policy and legislative environment guarantees access to education for refugees: The Ministry of National Education (MoNE) is responsible for ensuring that all refugee children enjoy access to schools and has taken steps to remove administrative barriers to enrolment.
Refugee/asylum-seeker children registered with the authorities can enrol in Turkish schools gratis.
Refugees submitted by UNHCR for resettlement in 2016 to date In 2015, UNHCR submitted 18,260 refugees for resettlement
Refugees with specific needs identified and referred by UNHCR and partners for specialized services
Syrian refugee youths were awarded higher education language preparation scholarships.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 28 September 2016
Today, the European Commission signed two direct grants worth €600 million to support Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey in the areas of education and health.
Educating Refugee Children in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan
(New York) – Human Rights Watch has created a dedicated webpage on access to education for Syrian refugee children, whose school year begins this month, in advance of the New York summits on the global refugee and migration crisis. In addition to the latest Human Rights Watch findings, statistics, and recommendations, the webpage contains numerous links to videos and photos for journalistic use.
Persons of concern received NFIs from UNHCR
Refugees submitted by UNHCR for resettlement
Non-Syrians with specific needs have been referred for assistance
Non-Syrian refugees and asylum-seekers provided with legal counselling
Officials and humanitarians trained by UNHCR on international protection
During visit to Ankara, Filippo Grandi says he will continue to advocate for more international backing, including increased funding and refugee resettlement.
By: Melissa Fleming | 1 September 2016
ANKARA, Turkey – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed his commitment to bolster UNHCR’s support for Turkey’s refugee assistance and protection system on Thursday, the final day of a two-day visit.
In this March, 28 EU Member reached a consensus to make an agreement with Turkey on the refugee policy that the refugees hit the Greek illegally by sea will be repatriated to Turkey. It highlighted the problem of overburdened refugees. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR data, Turkey currently has up to 2.73 million refugees and becomes the country receiving the most Syrian refugees. A long-term project to stabilize the life and peace of mind of the refugees has been urgent.
Migrant children and refugees living precariously outside camps
Action needed to tackle child labour, encourage school attendance and improve the precarious living conditions of those outside refugee camps in Turkey