Press Releases

The First Standalone Project on Alternatives to Immigration Detention in Turkey

Ankara – A variety of concrete examples and practices of alternatives to the detention of migrants were presented at Consultative Meeting organized by IOM Turkey in Ankara. Representatives from relevant migration authorities in several countries, Council of Europe, international and national NGOs, experts and academics came together to exchange the principles, experiences, and challenges regarding implementation of alternatives to immigration detention.

Heartbreak as Women and Children Perish in Migrant Shipwreck

Çeşme, Western Turkey – “I saw some light of hope in people’s eyes hoping that their children or wives were alive but I had to give them the terrible news that some of their family members had died. Then I saw the deepest level of helplessness and desperation in their eyes. I had to inform a recently wed man that his wife and baby had died. I cannot find words to express how he hugged his deceased wife and child as a last farewell.’’

Global Migration Film Festival

Global Migration Film Festival Wraps Up in Turkey on International Migrants’ Day
Wednesday 18 December 2019

Focus on Social Cohesion at IOM Co-Hosted Global Municipal Forum in Turkey

Gaziantep – Leaders from four continents gathered in Gaziantep, Turkey, this week (26-27/11) to share local solutions for achieving social and economic inclusion of migrants and refugees.

The Municipal Forum on Local Solutions to Migration and Displacement builds on the principles outlined in the Marrakesh Mayors Declaration and the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) adopted by the UN General Assembly last year.


The International Forum on Local Solutions to Migration and Displacement brings together good practices, lessons learnt and experiences of municipalities in Turkey and local authorities around the world aimed at responding to the needs of refugees and migrants while maintaining the quality of their services to host communities and discusses opportunities to promote further international cooperation in response to migration and forced displacement at the local level.


UNDP hosts solution makers on migration and forced displacement. The International Forum on Local Solutions to Migration and Displacement will be held by Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and UNDP, in cooperation with the UNHCR, IOM, WALD, UMT and UCLG-MEWA on 26-27 November in Gaziantep.

Message from Director General António Vitorino - World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Geneva—The images are unforgettable. Desperate families in sweltering shipping containers and rickety boats. Bodies washed up on shores and beaches following failed voyages. Human beings scarred and broken from years of abuse and exploitation.

IOM in Turkey and Greece Respond to Surge in Humanitarian Needs as Migrant Numbers Rise

Ankara/Athens – At the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Western Turkey warehouse in the port city of Izmir, stocks of basic supplies – food, water, blankets, shoes, and clothing – are nearly depleted.  

IOM Turkey’s Mediterranean Response Teams have been working round the clock since July to bring basic help to the thousands of migrants who fail in their bid to cross the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands, 10 short kilometres away. 

The rights of victims must be the priority of all countries and there should be consistent and coordinated work to counter human trafficking

Message from IOM Turkey Chief of Mission Lado Gvilava - World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

European Union, IOM and Ministry of Trade partner to boost capacity of 800 Customs Staff in Turkey

ANKARA – Yesterday, representatives from the European Union Delegation to Turkey, Ministry of Trade (MoT), Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU), Ministry of Interior and IOM, gathered for the launch of a new EU-funded project that aims to develop the capacity of customs officials over the next 30 months, aligning integrated border management practices in Turkey with EU standards.