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Protection Monitoring Report: Syrian Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Communities in Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Adana and Mersin


1. Executive Summary

The current report is the first of two Protection Monitoring Reports to be produced under LINK II and it aims to present the results of protection monitoring activities to better comprehend the vulnerabilities and protection risks faced by Syrian Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic communities in all project locations. This document is intending to inform GOAL Turkey’s future programming and to apprise future advocacy and sensitization strategies targeting duty bearers and service providers by presenting evidence-based, up-to-date, and contextualized information.

1.1 Methodology

The study was conducted in all project locations: Gaziantep (districts of Şahinbey, Şehitkamil, Nizip, Araban), Şanlıurfa (districts of Haliliye, Birecik, Viranşehir, Ceylanpınar), Adana (district of Yüreğir) and Mersin (district of Tarsus). Participants were Syrian Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic community members. Qualitative research methods were used. Three different focus group interview guides for adults and children, key informant interview guide, and semi-structured in-depth interview guide were prepared. Data collection activities were carried out between 1st to 19th of February, 2021 at field and via phone in aforesaid locations. Focus group interviews and key informant interviews were conducted face-to-face, while structured in-depth interviews were performed remotely.
Total of 34 focus group interviews with 239 individuals were completed in all locations. Age and gender distributions are presented in the table below.

Semi-structured in-depth interviews were remotely conducted in Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa and Adana only with adults. It was not possible to reach Syrian Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic community members in Mersin because relationships with these communities are yet to be established, since Mersin Social Support Centre has started to operate in February 2021. Total of 134 interviews in three provinces were completed between 1st of February to 3rd of March 2021.