Latest publications on Turkey

Photo: UNHCR Putting language on the map in the European refugee response

Putting language on the map in the European refugee response

Translators Without Borders (TWB) spoke with refugees and other migrants in Sicily, Italy and Chios, Greece to learn about challenges with language in the provision of information to them. Among TWB's findings are: NGOs need to ask refugees which languages they want information in; a shortage of female interpreters hampers communication; and much more data needs to be collected on aspects of language in humanitarian crises.

DRC/Mais Salman Monthly summary – July 2017

Monthly summary – July 2017

Middle East

Although conflict in Mosul subsided and the number of civilian casualties in Iraq continued to go down, vulnerable populations remain stranded in numerous countries and displacement remained high. Movement from Turkey to Greece continued in July at low but dangerous levels.

Photo: UNHCR Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Survey report

The observations of refugees, asylum-seekers and other migrants in Izmir, Turkey who spoke with Ground Truth Solutions echoed survey respondents in other parts of Turkey. The majority did not know all of the assistance available to them (although most did know about cash-based assistance) or how to file a complaint or suggestion about the support they do receive. Though most feel safe in Turkey, they still experience challenges learning Turkish and finding work and housing.

Photo: UNHCR Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Summary of focus group discussions

In its continuing examination of the perceptions of migrants in Turkey, many participants in Izmir expressed concern that relatives or friends of staff working at some organisations benefit over other refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Only participants from Syria reported receiving cash support from aid agencies or the government. Almost all participants said they are unclear about staying in Turkey or applying for resettlement in another country. And discussion participants gave mixed responses about whether they feel welcomed by Turkish citizens.

UNHCR/ S. Baldwin / July 2014 Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Istanbul/Gaziantep, Turkey

Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Istanbul/Gaziantep, Turkey

Summary of Focus Group Discussions

This report summarises what 36 Syrians and Afghan refugees living in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey said during discussions with Ground Truth Solutions. Participants said they had little or no knowledge of support available to them, including on resettlement and asylum options. All cited some form of livelihood support as their most important need, while some said they experienced difficulties in Turkey because of their nationality.

Photo: DRC Refugee, Asylum Seeker & Migrant Perceptions in Gaziantep and Kilis, Turkey

Refugee, Asylum Seeker & Migrant Perceptions in Gaziantep and Kilis, Turkey

Quantitative Round - June 2017

This report analyses data collected from refugees and asylum-seekers in Gaziantep and Kilis, Turkey between April 24 and May 6, 2017. It is the first in a series of data collection rounds by Ground Truth Solutions in Turkey, under the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP).

Monthly Summary – June 2017

Monthly Summary – June 2017

Middle East

By the end of June, the conflict in Mosul was reportedly drawing to an end. Ongoing fighting, however, continued to drive displacement within Iraq and also to Syria, with the number of Iraqis in Al Hol camp increasing by 21% since the end of May.

Photo: DRC Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Istanbul

Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Istanbul

Survey Report

For this report, Ground Truth Solutions interviewed 422 non-camp refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants living in Istanbul. Findings include most respondents saying they did not know what support or settlement options are available to them. Many said their priority needs were not being met, particularly for the most vulnerable. More refugees said they trusted information from Turkish authorities than from aid agencies.