Press Releases

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.

IOM Welcomes Step to Enhance Coordination at Turkey’s Shared European Borders

Turkey - IOM Turkey welcomes the 10th March ratification of an agreement enhancing cooperation at Turkey’s land borders with Bulgaria and Greece to combat irregular activities at borders (including irregular migration and other types of cross border crime) and facilitate the legitimate movement of persons and goods across the borders.

IOM Turkey Shelter Repair Project to Assist 250 Syrian Families in Time for Winter

Turkey - IOM Turkey is on course to rehabilitate the accommodation of 250 Syrian families by 31 December 2016, under a pilot scheme in Sanliurfa province. The project, funded by the Norwegian government began in October and will conclude at the end of the year.

The project targets the most vulnerable families by conducting minor repair works on their homes to protect them from the elements and make life a little easier over the winter.

Sanliurfa, a province in southeast Turkey bordering Syria, hosts some 400,000 Syrians – almost 21 percent of the population.

Over 900 Syrian Refugees Depart Turkey for Canada

Turkey - This weekend (5-7/2) a third flight carrying nearly 300 Syrian refugees left Turkey for Canada. IOM Turkey, in collaboration with the Canadian and Turkish governments, has now facilitated the movement of just over 900 Syrians from Turkey, as part of Canada’s commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrians from the region.

IOM Welcomes Turkey’s New Regulation to Grant Work Permits to Syrians under Temporary Protection

Turkey - The Turkish government today (15/01) announced the new Regulation on Provision of Work Permits for People under Temporary Protection which will grant work permits to Syrians registered with the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) and others under temporary protection in Turkey.