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.

Infographic – Policy dominoes

Infographic – Policy dominoes

Recent developments in restrictive EU migration policies

Interactive features are available using Google Chrome or Adobe PDF viewer. A selection of European policies relevant to migration that set in motion a domino effect of similarly restrictive policies across the EU and in other states, aimed at deterring migration to the region.

Photo: Miodrag Cakic How powerful is policy?

How powerful is policy?

The role of policy in shaping migrant decision-making

A short overview of the role of policy in shaping migration decisions. This article examines the extent to which policy has the power to influence the decisions made prior to leaving home and how such plans may alter throughout the course of the journey.

Photo: DRC Refugee perceptions in Lebanon

Refugee perceptions in Lebanon

Survey Round Two

In this latest report from Ground Truth Solutions, refugees in Lebanon expressed growing concerns amid a stagnating situation. Issues they cited include unmet needs, questions about the fairness of assistance, lack of trust in complaint mechanisms, insufficient participation, and uncertainty around being welcomed by the host community.

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: DRC/Noe Falk Nielsen Refugee Perceptions in Lebanon

Refugee Perceptions in Lebanon

Summary of Focus Group Discussions - Round Two

Ground Truth Solutions' report summarises the findings of eight focus group discussions conducted with Syrian refugees, Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS), and Palestine refugees from Lebanon (PRL) in four different governorates in Lebanon.