Patrick Kingsley in south-east Turkey
Vast numbers of young Syrians in Turkey and beyond are having to work instead of going to school
Hamza sits at a sewing machine in a gloomy warehouse in southern Turkey, where he works 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Syrian can perform most of the roles on the assembly line: he knows how to mould leather into the shape of a shoe, or attach its sole with glue. Today Hamza threads its different parts together with the machine, and his boss looks on approvingly.
The European Commission has announced new funding worth €50 million to support humanitarian projects addressing the immediate needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey. The announcement confirms the Commission's commitment to accelerate the implementation of the 'Facility for Refugees in Turkey'.
ANKARA, Turkey, April 4 (UNHCR) – Shehab, a 22-year-old Syrian student, poses proudly in front of a statue of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, at the entrance to Haceteppe University in Ankara.
A refugee from the city of Aleppo, he is in the second year of a health sciences degree course and is the recipient of a German-funded DAFI scholarship.
The Syrian civil, which started in 2011, has been going on for over the last three years continues with increasing intensity. Before the civil war, Syria had a population of over 20 million, now half of them require some form of humanitarian assistance. In this time period, 6.5 million Syrians are internally displaced and 3 million of them applied for refugee status in neighboring countries.
Aleppo, Idlib (March 10th, 2016) – On March 15th, the war in Syria enters its sixth year. This conflict has resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, impacting enormously on the lives of all Syrian people and particularly those of the children. An entire generation of Syrian children has seen only war in their lives. Most of them have been deprived of a proper education. Since the start of the conflict more than 4,000 schools, one in four in the country, have had to close as a direct result of the violence.
The Syria Crisis was highlighted by students and higher education experts meeting to discuss the recognition of higher education qualifications for refugees.
Refugees and displaced persons face special challenges in respect of access to education, one of which is the assessment and recognition of qualifications and access where documentation is missing or incomplete.
Today the European Commission announced the first projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, pledging €55 million to address the immediate needs of Syrian school-children in Turkey for access to formal education, and €40 million in humanitarian aid through the World Food Programme.
Key Messages - The overwhelming influx of Syrian and other refugees and migrants into Turkey has reached over 2.5 million registered Syrian refugees, making Turkey the largest host of refugees in the world. - In the first two months of 2016 some 100 000 people have arrived through Turkey to Greece by sea. - About 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey remain outside of camp settings and live in urban and rural areas, with acutely limited access to basic services. - UNHCR estimates that more than half of the Syrian refugees are children, out of the 400 000 remain out of school. - …
29 February 2016
Period covered by this operation update: 5 June 2015 – 31 December 2015
The over four-year crisis in Syria has displaced more than 4 million people into the neighbouring countries. As of 31 December 2015, there were over 2.5 million Syrian people living in Turkey. Out of them, around 284,000 people are living in camps under the protection of the Turkish Government.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 18 February 2016
The first Steering Committee of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey met in Brussels yesterday. It was chaired by the European Commission and counted on the participation of all EU Member States and Turkey.
Around 13.5 million people are dependent on emergency aid
+++ Update (February 2016) 90.000 Syrian people flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies. Huge crowds of refugees, mainly women and children, have been forced to wait at the Turkish border crossing, which remains closed. Near Azaz Humanitarian Aid Organizations set up refugee camps. Welthungerhilfe as well immediately started to help these refugees around Azaz through distribution of tents and stoves. Further activities are planned. +++
The overwhelming influx of Syrian and other refugees and migrants into Turkey has reached startling levels with over 2.5 million registered Syrian refugees, making Turkey the largest host of refugees in the world.
Last year a total of over 850 000 people arrived through Turkey to Greece by sea, of which UNHCR estimates that 91% came from the world's top 10 refugee producing countries.
As the Syrian refugee crisis enters into its fifth year, the protracted situation is having a growing impact beyond its neighbouring countries. Instability in the region is expected to persist, and consequent displacement, inside Syria and across the border into Turkey, will continue. Given the fluid situation on the ground, it is uncertain what the scale of refugee flows from Syria or Iraq in 2016 will be.
- UNHCR begins delivery of winterization kits on 11 November : target by end January : 270,000 refugees in camps ; 135,000 out of camp refugees
- Ten cold chain vehicles and 10 fully equipped ambulances handed over to Turkish authorities
UNHCR’s Winterization Assistance for Refugees in Turkey
Şanlıurfa, December 14, 2015 – A ceremony was held today to open the first girl’s safe space for Syrian and most disadvantaged Turkish girls in Süleymaniye, Şanlıurfa. The “My Life” Center, financed by the EU Syria Regional Trust Fund (Madad) and established in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Refugee Education Trust (RET), provides free and supervised activities designed to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, with a focus on out-of-school girls.
Summary of WFP assistance: In coordination with the Government, WFP conducted a voucher feasibility study in 2012 resulting in an electronic food voucher (e-food card) programme to address food security needs of camp populations. This was found to be more cost effective over the provision of meals, providing savings of over 70 percent.
The UK will contribute up to £275 million over the next two years to help Turkey address the consequences of the Syria conflict. This bilateral support will contribute to a wider European effort – coordinated through an intergovernmental agreement – that will lever support from other EU member states. Taken together with €500 million from the European Commission it will create a €3 billion package in total.
This new support was announced at the Valletta Summit in Malta where European and African leaders met to develop a co-ordinated approach to tackle the migration crisis.
Almost 6,000 refugee students apply for the DAFI scholarships, offered by the Government of Germany for higher education.
Thousands of Syrian refugees try and get to Greece and Germany, transiting through Turkey.
Two new community centres opened in Adana and Gaziantep.
Tents: 45,220 (for 227,540 beneficiaries)
Foam mattresses: 270,000
Plastic Sheets: 32,840 (for 120,190 beneficiaries)