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Turkey: 3RP Monthly Update - December 2016: Protection

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2,814,631 registered Syrian refugees by end December 2016

DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

Registration of camp and non-camp Syrian refugees continued to take place during the reporting period under the supervision of Ministry of Interior - Directorate General of Migration Management. 2,812,631 Syrians were registered by the end December 2016, out of which 258,585 are residing in camps and 2,556,046 residing in non-camp areas.
By the end of December 2016, UNHCR, in cooperation with DGMM submitted a total of 16,670 Syrian refugees for resettlement to third countries.
In line with its Age, Gender, and Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) policy, UNHCR and partner agencies undertook the annual Participatory Assessments with refugee communities from October to December 2016. The Participatory Assessment remains one of the most effective, field-tested methodologies for gaining an understanding of the needs and capacities that reside within refugee communities, and will enable refugees’ to contribute to all of UNHCR and partners’ planning processes and interventions for 2017.
SOPs on SGBV are being finalized and will constitute a useful tool for service providers. They are discussed within the GBV Working Group chaired by the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and attended by UN agencies.
In December, UNICEF provided over 7,100 refugee children (3,557 girls, 3,555 boys) with regular, structured psychosocial support (PSS) in 28 Child Friendly Spaces, 2 mobile PSS units, 6 Adolescent and Youth Centres and 5 Child and Family Support Centres. Of these, nearly 2,500 children were identified with serious child protection concerns and referred to relevant specialized services.
In addition, UNICEF’s Adolescents and Youth programme – a core pillar of the No Lost Generation initiative – expanded markedly during the second half of the year, reaching nearly 4,000 Syrian and Turkish adolescents and youth across 20 provinces. The programme aims to develop the resilience of Turkish and Syrian children and promote social cohesion through the provision of life skills, leadership trainings and cross-cultural exchange.
During the reporting period, IOM provided protection assistance for 5,664 people in Turkey through social support services (673), psychosocial support (3,104), emergency case management (1,459), legal assistance (420) and awareness raising activities (8).
During the month of December, IOM Turkey’s Emergency Case Management (ECM) project continued to provide tailored assistance to 1,459 vulnerable refugees and migrants in Turkey directly and through partners.