UNHCR Turkey Factsheet – June 2017 [EN/TR] – Turkey


Over 3.2 million refugees
Turkey continues to host the world’s largest refugee population.
Predominantly out of camp
More than 90 per cent of refugees in Turkey live outside of camps in urban and peri-urban areas.
Mostly children and women
70 per cent of refugees in Turkey are children and women.

Working with Partners

The Government of Turkey leads the refugee response with UNHCR providing direct operational support, capacity building and technical advice to Turkish authorities. As the refugee agency, UNHCR also coordinates the efforts of UN agencies and partners to support Turkey’s refugee response to avoid duplication and gaps in international assistance. UNHCR implements its activities with 22 government, UN and NGO partners.

Main Activities

Registration and Refugee Status Determination

  • Support the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) to conduct a verification exercise to update and obtain missing information on Syrian refugees under Temporary Protection, including biometric data, contact information, and detailed background information such as occupation, education and vulnerability on refugees. Verification is being introduced as a continuous part of registration. The project began in January 2017 and will be rolled out in all 81 Provinces divided into seven Zones.
  • Transition Refugee Status Determination (RSD) activities into national procedures. UNHCR is further strengthening its cooperation with DGMM to build a strong and quality national asylum system and RSD procedures. In this context, UNHCR and DGMM agreed on Data-Sharing SOPs to be implemented at registration.

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