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23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


• The number of refugees and migrants attempting to cross into Europe continued to drop to its lowest levels since the beginning of the crisis – less than 1,100 people made the dangerous sea journey from Turkey to Greece in February, while 719 more were rescued or apprehended.

• UNICEF and NGO partner IMPR launched an education outreach campaign in 6 provinces along the South-East to monitor and evaluate the coverage of educational opportunities available to refugee children in Turkey.

16 Mar 2017 description

Joint press release

Ankara, 16 March 2017 - The European Union and UNICEF have launched the largest ever EU humanitarian contribution to Education in Emergencies, valued at EUR 34 million. The Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) project aims to increase the number of refugee children enrolled in and attending school in Turkey.

28 Feb 2017 description


Turkey hosts the world’s largest number of refugees.

Close to 490,000
Refugees received one-time cash assistance within UNHCR’s 2016/17 winter support programme to date

Nearly 29,000
Refugees were submitted for resettlement in 2016

Over 7,400
Officials and humanitarians trained by UNHCR on international protection in 2016


Registration and Refugee Status Determination (RSD)

28 Feb 2017 description


  • 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 free of charge.

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • According to the Ministry of National Education, in January 499,843 refugee children (252,735 girls, 247,108 boys) were enrolled in temporary education centres and public schools across the country.

  • Almost 1,400 refugees and migrants made the dangerous sea journey to Greece in January – the lowest numbers seen since the UN and Turkish authorities began reporting on the crisis in 2015.

21 Feb 2017 description

2016 Key Figures

1: Turkey is the top refugee-hosting country in the world

28,901: Refugees submitted by UNHCR for resettlement (since 1 January 2016)

15,140: Refugees counselled on the work permit regulation by UNHCR and partners (Since March 2016)

24,703: Non-Syrian refugees and asylum seekers with specific needs identified by UNHCR and referred for assistance (since 1 January 2016)

32,047: Refugees and asylum-seekers received counselling from UNHCR Ankara (since 1 January 2016)

19 Feb 2017 description
report IsraAID

ANKARA -- “The living conditions aren’t easy at all” shares Aisha, 13 years old from Iraq, "but that’s not the hard part. The real hard part is feeling like a stranger, all the time".

IsraAID’s relief team has returned from a mission in Turkey, with open hearts and torn stomachs.

07 Feb 2017 description

Almost 60% of Syrian children enrolled in formal education programmes


01 Feb 2017 description

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 12 January 2017

The European Commission reported to the Steering Committee meeting on progress made to date

30 Jan 2017 description
report World Bank


ANKARA, January 30, 2017 – The World Bank, together with the Ministry of National Education of Turkey, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, the European Union, and KfW, has launched the "School Construction Projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey" Project.

28 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Justin Forsyth

I recently traveled to Gaziantep in southern Turkey, close to the Syrian border, because I wanted to see the situation for refugee children first-hand. Turkey is carrying a huge burden, helping with what is now the biggest refugee population in the world: nearly 2.8 million Syrian refugees, of which 1.2 million are child refugees.

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • For the first time since the beginning of the refugee crisis in Turkey, there are more Syrian children in school than out – as of November, over 490,000 Syrian children are currently enrolled in formal education, a 50% increase in enrolment since the end of the previous school year in June 2016.

  • Over 100 Temporary Education Centres (TECs) were upgraded or provided with essential furniture in December, bringing the total number of TECs supported in 2016 with this intervention to 259.

20 Jan 2017 description

Refugees face similar challenges across Syria’s neighbouring countries

Refugees face similar challenges across Syria’s neighbouring countries, a new report by a coalition of 28 NGOs has found, warning that long-term efforts are still needed by the international community and host governments.

19 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Turkey hosts highest number of child refugees in the world. Education is their only lifeline

NEW YORK/GAZIANTEP, Turkey, 19 January 2017 – Nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across Turkey. But despite a more than 50 per cent increase in enrolment since last June, over 40 per cent of children of school-going age – or 380,000 child refugees – are still missing out on an education, UNICEF said today.

14 Jan 2017 description

Key messages

· The number of refugees in Turkey has reached over 3 million people, making Turkey the host country with the largest refugee population in the world.

· About 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey remain outside of camp settings with limited access to basic services. The European Commission is providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees, particularly to those living outside of camps.

30 Dec 2016 description

The Syrian civil war, which kicked off in March 2011, has claimed at least 273,000 lives including a large number of civilians. Over the past six years, thirteen out of 20 million Syrian citizens have become dependent on humanitarian assistance. While the conflict displaced 6.6 million Syrians, approximately 4.8 million people took refuge in neighbouring countries.

23 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In November, the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) announced that more than 490,000 Syrian refugee children are now enrolled in temporary education centres (TECs) and public schools across Turkey – a 50% increase compared to the previous school year.

22 Dec 2016 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 22 December 2016

The EU contracted €270 million to boost education infrastructure for Refugees in Turkey