Press Releases

  • EUR 20 Million EU Project in Support of Turkish Coast Guard Seeks to Save More Migrant Lives

    Turkey - On 15 June, the Turkish Coastguard (TUR CG) received in Antalya two search and rescue vessels. The vessels are part of a EUR 20 million agreement between the European Union and the UN Migration Agency (IOM).The Turkish Government responded to the increase in irregular migration by rescuing, since the beginning of 2015, nearly 135,000 migrants and refugees as they tried to make their way to Greece. On land and at sea, Turkish law enforcement authorities have taken effective measures

  • UN Migration Agency, EU Boost Access to Health Centres along Turkish-Syrian Border

    Turkey - Today (06/06), the UN Migration Agency (IOM) handed over medical equipment worth nearly a quarter of a million Euro to Turkey’s Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre to provide medical services to approximately 5,600 migrants and refugees each month in Hatay province, on the Turkish-Syrian border. The equipment was funded by the European Union (EU). 

    Approximately, 380,000 Syrians live in Hatay province in a country hosting over 3.2 million people seeking protection.

  • IOM, EU, Turkey Cooperate on EUR 8.5 Million Migration and Border Management Projects

    Turkey - Millions of migrants and refugees have passed through or settled in Turkey in recent years, with over one million making the sea journey to Greece since 2015.

  • Donors Visit Frontline IOM Operations in Turkey

    Turkey - This week a delegation of diplomats and representatives of humanitarian agencies from Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, the United States, New Zealand and France visited IOM’s operations at Turkey’s southeastern border region with Syria to assess aid delivery and needs in Turkey and northern Syria.  

  • IOM, EU, Turkey Cooperate on EUR 8.5 Million Migration and Border Management Projects

    Turkey - Millions of migrants and refugees have passed through or settled in Turkey in recent years, with over one million making the sea journey to Greece since 2015.

    The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has enhanced its partnership with Turkish authorities through two new projects funded by the European Union and the Turkish Government, to the amount of EUR 8.5 million. The two projects will increase coordination along Turkey’s European borders and strengthen national policies and frameworks relating to migrants and refugees in Turkey.

  • First Syrian Refugees Fly from Turkey to Canada

    Turkey - IOM, in collaboration with the Canadian and Turkish governments, last night (20/01) organized a charter flight to move 284 Syrian refugees from Ankara, Turkey to Toronto, Canada.

    They were the first Syrian refugees to depart Turkey as part of Canada’s commitment to relocate 25,000 Syrian refugees from the region. Over 10,000 Syrians have already been moved to Canada from Jordan and Lebanon under the programme. 

  • ECHO Backs IOM Ankara Municipal Migrant Services Centre

    Turkey - IOM, in partnership with Ankara’s Keçiören municipality and with funding from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has launched Keçiören Migrant Services Center. Keçiören is the second biggest district of Ankara and hosts thousands of migrants and refugees.

    The centre will act as a one-stop shop for all matters related to migrants and refugees and will provide counselling to help migrants access public services, referrals to other institutions, targeted trainings, recreational and empowerment activities.

  • IOM Turkey Moves 20,000 Refugees, Migrants in 2016

    Turkey - IOM Turkey has reached a milestone, moving over 20,000 people in 2016, including refugees for resettlement, family reunification and migrants opting to voluntarily return home to their countries of origin.

  • IOM Delivers Aid Inside Aleppo City, One Aid Truck Destroyed

    IOM has responded through a “Whole of Syria” coordination mechanism, reaching over 7,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in both west and east Aleppo since 11 August, during brief pauses in fighting. Each day as the fighting continues, the humanitarian situation becomes more dire.

    There are now some 404,000 IDPs inside Aleppo. Hundreds of thousands of people are struggling to find food, potable water, medical supplies and other basic necessities.  Up to 275,000 people in eastern Aleppo are in urgent need of basic items.

  • IOM Resettles Syrian Refugees from Turkey to Europe Following “Swap” Deal

    Turkey - Over the past week IOM Turkey has facilitated the resettlement of 109 Syrians to European Union (EU) countries, following Monday’s launch of the 18 March agreement between EU heads of state and Turkey, under which one condition is the “1-to-1 swap.”  Some 72 percent of them were women and children.

    IOM is not involved in the return of migrants and refugees from Greece to Turkey under the agreement.  It will, however, continue to facilitate the resettlement of refugees from Turkey to third countries, including EU member states.