Press Releases

50,000 Syrians and Iraqis Visit UN Migration Agency, Germany's Family Assistance Programme Offices in Last 12 Months

Iraq - Since July 2016, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has assisted in person over 50,000 vulnerable migrants with family reunifications in Germany through its Family Assistance Programme (FAP).

The aim of FAP, which was initiated and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, is to support family reunification applicants in Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon during the visa application process for Germany. At their offices, IOM helps them to correctly complete the forms and prepare their documents in order to reunite with close family members already granted asylum in Germany.

IOM Welcomes Turkey’s Turquoise Card System

Turkey - IOM welcomes the Turkish Government’s announcement of the Turquoise Card System, a new point-based identification system to promote the employment of skilled foreigners in Turkey.

With over 3.5 million migrants and refugees living in Turkey, many of whom hold professional qualifications, the Turquoise Card system will grant holders the right to work and residency in Turkey.

IOM Turkey Helps Over 15,000 Syrians to Apply for Family Reunification in Germany

Turkey - Since July 2016, IOM Turkey has helped over 15,000 Syrians to access Germany’s Family Assistance Programme (FAP).  The programme helps vulnerable migrants to apply for German family reunification visas and avoid dangerous irregular migration by sea across the Mediterranean.

Over half a million Syrians and Iraqis have registered for asylum in Germany since 2015 and approximately 320,000 have been granted refugee status, according to the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

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.