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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)

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.

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.