Türkiye + 5 more

UNICEF Turkey Humanitarian Situation Report #15, November 2017



  • Over 167,000 refugee children benefitted from a conditional cash transfer for education (CCTE) payment for attending school regularly in preceding months – a 22% increase over the September payment.

  • Between April-November, UNICEF and NGO partner ASAM distributed almost 41,800 protection vouchers to more than 18,800 vulnerable refugee families in six provinces, benefitting over 57,700 children.

  • UNICEF provided support to the Ministry of Health for a third vaccination campaign for refugee and migrant children under five. Over 376,000 children were screened in 20 provinces, 117,000 of whom were found to have missed doses and vaccinated accordingly.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

In November, the number of registered refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey stood at over 3.7 million. Nearly 3.4 million Syrian refugees, of which 1.5 million are children, were under temporary protection in Turkey. An additional 357,000 refugees were nationals mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, of whom almost 117,000 were children.

Meanwhile, over 3,200 refugees and migrants successfully journeyed by sea from Turkey to Greece in November, a 22% decrease compared to October. An estimated 35% of those who crossed are believed to be children.2 According to the Turkish Coast Guard Command, an additional 2,052 people were rescued or apprehended, almost half of whom were children. The decrease in numbers is most likely related to the deteriorating winter weather, as well as increased border enforcement and monitoring of smuggling routes toward Greece.

Under the framework of the EU-Turkey Statement, seven rounds of returns took place for 75 people (including two accompanied children)3 , bringing the total number of re-admissions to 1,469 since the Statement came into effect in March 2016.


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UNICEF Appeal 2017
Syria Crisis: US$ 234.9 million
Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe: US$ 2.5 million