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28 Dec 2016 description

What is the ESSN?

Launched nationwide on 28 November 2016, the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) is a multi-purpose cash assistance scheme for more than one million of the most vulnerable refugees living in Turkey, where the people we help can decide how to use the money they receive to cover essential needs like food, fuel, rent and bills. 

Which organizations are involved in implementing the ESSN?

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.

19 Dec 2016 description

Turkey hosts some 3 million refugees, the majority of whom are from Syria. The vast majority of the refugees and un-documented migrants do not live in camps but in villages and cities throughout Turkey. Officially they have access to Turkish health facilities and education, but many refugees are living in impoverished conditions. The European Union has been addressing the many needs of refugees in Turkey through a number of humanitarian aid projects.

09 Dec 2016 description

Turkey - IOM Turkey has reached a milestone, moving over 20,000 people in 2016, including refugees for resettlement, family reunification and migrants opting to voluntarily return home to their countries of origin.

08 Dec 2016 description

The EU-Turkey deal is in danger of collapsing – but is there an alternative?


01 Dec 2016 description

UNHCR’s winter support programme for refugees and asylum seekers has so far delivered cards to over 28,700 vulnerable families, benefitting over 143,000 people in need. Each vulnerable family selected for the project has received a pre-loaded debit card with a value of between 600 and 900 Turkish Liras, which will help them go through the 2016/2017 Winter. This project is implemented in cooperation with UNHCR Turkey’s partners; IMPR, HRDF, Concern Worldwide and ASAM, and generously sponsored by the following UNHCR donors: USA, Germany, Canada, France, Japan and Lithuania.

30 Nov 2016 description

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.

Executive Summary

29 Nov 2016 description

Around 575,000 Refugees (over 160,000 households) to be supported during winter
USD 33 M Total planned 2016-2017 winter assistance budget, including cash assistance and winter clothes
50 Provinces to be covered
4 months Planned distribution period (starting November 2016)


08 Nov 2016 description


According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) currently there are approximately 3, 1 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory seeking for the international protection.

26 Oct 2016 description

by Gizem Sucuoglu

Displaced people are occupying an increasingly central role on the world stage. Conflict and persecution have led to the highest number of refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers ever recorded. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of refugees are trapped in protracted exile, lasting five years or longer.

17 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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.

05 Oct 2016 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Fact Sheet

Brussels, 4 October 2016

Progress Report September 2016


On 18 March 2016 EU Heads of State or Government agreed to end the irregular migration from Turkey to the EU by breaking the business model of the smugglers and offering migrants an alternative to putting their lives at risk. The aim is to restore a legal and orderly admission system for those entitled to international protection in line with EU and international law.

04 Oct 2016 description


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).