Bilateral Consultation between IOM and the Government of Turkey

During 6-8 March, a high-level delegation from Turkey met with the DG, IOM’s senior staff and Chief of Mission in Geneva to discuss IOM-Turkey cooperation. A successful partnership spanning over 25 years, IOM and the Government of Turkey have collaborated to develop and implement solutions for migration management and deliver essential humanitarian assistance in response to the ongoing Syria crisis. H.E. Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, Director General for Consular Affairs from Turkey’s MFA, and H.E. Ambassador Naci Koru, PR of the Mission of Turkey to the UN Office in Geneva, assured IOM of the Government’s commitment to supporting and enabling the continuation of IOM activities including refugee response (3RP), resettlement, migration management, and cross-border operations. This wide variety of programming takes place in 16 different locations across the country and demonstrates the exponential growth of the IOM Turkey mission since 2014. IOM Turkey is now the second largest mission in the world.

Other matters discussed during the meeting include cooperation on the Global Compact on Migration, IOM Turkey activities in major humanitarian and crisis operations, assisted voluntary return and resettlement, counter-smuggling and the EU-Turkey scheme, and expanding areas of collaboration on issues such as labour migration facilitation, labour market integration and the broader migration and development agenda.

IOM Turkey awaits the ratification of its host country agreement in Parliament and appreciates the support from the MFA through this process.