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UNHCR Turkey Operational Update, September 2020


**Key Figures (as of 30 September 2020)

4 million Refugees and asylum-seekers in Turkey including over 3.6 million Syrian nationals and close to 330,000 registered refugees and asylumseekers of other nationalities. Over 98% of Syrian refugees live across Turkey in 81 provinces.

2,739 Refugees departed for resettlement in 2020 as of end of September, 72 per cent of whom are Syrians. UNHCR has so far provided over 5,300 submissions to 15 countries for resettlement consideration in 2020.

21,553 Households have received one-off emergency cash assistance by the end of September (over 98,200 individuals).

Key Developments in September 2020

The launch of the 2019 Syrians Barometer, a reliable reference on perceptions of Syrian refugees and host community in Turkey over the last years, took place on 9 September. Representatives of various public institutions, embassies, UN agencies and partners participated in the launch. Professor Murat Erdogan, the lead researcher of the study presented the main findings of the Syria Barometer. The recent study had been commissioned by UNHCR Turkey, which also provided comments and technical level support. The final version of the Syrian Barometer has been posted online on the UNHCR website as well as the website of the Turkish-German University.

Jointly with the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM), the fourth Regional Social Cohesion Workshop was organised virtually by UNHCR on 15 September, bringing together some 30 academics from the Eastern Anatolian region who work on refugee and migration matters. The Deputy Director-General of DGMM and the Head of Harmonization and Communications Department at DGMM highlighted the important contributions of academics to inform policy and implementation of action to foster social cohesion. Academics discussed the social-economic impact of the presence of Syrian refugees in Turkey, urbanization, social inclusion, good practices, challenges and recommendations for the future.

The Global Task Force on Migration, the follow-up to the Gaziantep Declaration, was officially launched on 30 September under the stewardship of United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia (UCLG-MEWA). Over 40 participants, mostly representing signatories of the Gaziantep Declaration, as well as a number of ‘new’ cities participated in the launch which was an opportunity to share practical examples of progress since the Gaziantep Municipal Forum and to link the work of the Task Force to global processes with the active involvement of the UCLG Secretariat, the Mixed Migration Centre and UNHCR. Participants emphasized the importance of capturing good practices in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe,
Orderly and Regular Migration.