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.
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.
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.
· 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.
The European Commission reported to the Steering Committee meeting on progress made to date
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.
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.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 22 December 2016
The EU contracted €270 million to boost education infrastructure for Refugees in Turkey
International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation has been operating a community center in downtown Kilis since September 2012, in partnership with Malteser International and GIZ. The center has been offering courses suitable to Syrian refugees of a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, constantly enlarging its diverse spectrum of courses.
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.