Project update

IOM Turkey Organized "Human Rights Training"

IOM Turkey organized "Human Rights Training" for the heads of Removal Centers between 7-9 April 2021 under the framework of the British Embassy funded "Supporting Directorate-General for Migration Management Efforts in Enhancing the Capacity of Removal Centres within the Framework of International Human Rights Standards Phase-II" Project. The training was held with the participation of the Director-General of Migration Management, H.E.


Workshop on Preventive Measures for Communicable Diseases at Border Crossing Points

IOM conducted a workshop on preventive measures for communicable diseases at Border Crossing Points in the scope of the EU funded "Under the Regional Cooperation on Border Management with Greece and Bulgaria – Phase 2" Project. The workshop was delivered by two national experts to discuss the finding of the field assessment at Border Crossing Points.


Inter-Agency Exercise to Test Standard Operating Procedures on Cargo Controls

IOM Turkey, Immigration and Border Management Department conducted another inter-agency exercise on 23-24 March at Ankara Esenboğa Airport. This exercise aims to test Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on cargo controls. The exercise to test SOPs covered two selected topics; broken airline pallets and false declaration of incoming cargo.


IOM Turkey Attended 'Career Guidance for All' Webinar

Prof. Dr Füsun Akkök, IOM Emergency Coordinator Mr David Savard, and Senior National Programme Officer Dr Yelda Devlet Karapınar attended a webinar titled "Career Guidance for All" to point out the importance of providing support to disadvantaged groups such as migrants, low-skilled workers, those not in education, employment or training (NEET)) to create a better society for all. Over 200 international participants attended the webinar and IOM Turkey representatives introduced its activities and programmes aiming to improve conditions for vulnerable groups.


IOM and UNDP Turkey Country Offices to Enhance Future Collaboration

The Chief of Mission of IOM Turkey and UNDP Turkey Resident Representative exchanged letters on 23 March 2021 in recognition of a new IOM-UNDP Framework of Action. The framework solidifies IOM and UNDP’s commitment to work together in areas of common interest in Turkey.


Inter-Agency Exercise to Test the SOPs

IOM Turkey, Immigration and Border Management Department conducted an inter-agency exercise. The exercise aims to test the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) based on scenarios developed for day-to-day operations and emergency situations.


IOM Turkey Visited the Turkish Grand National Assembly

IOM Turkey visited The Grand National Assembly of Turkey’s (TGNA) premises on 17 March 2021 to present IOM and its work in Turkey, to the Sub-Committee on Migration and Integration of the Human Rights Inquiry Committee. TGNA’s Human Rights Inquiry Committee was established as the first mechanism at national levels to protect human rights. The Sub-Committee contacted IOM Turkey Ankara office requesting an overall presentation on IOM and its work regarding Syrians under Temporary Protection.


An Online Workshop Provided a Platform of Discussion on Inter-Agency Cooperation in Passenger Controls

IOM Turkey, Immigration and Border Management Department Team implemented an online workshop on inter-agency cooperation in passenger controls at the airports between the dates of 22-26 February 2021. The workshop brought together all stakeholders engaged and provided a platform of discussions on inter-agency cooperation in passenger controls.


New Agreement Signed to Support Rural Communities

IOM Turkey livelihoods team in Gaziantep attended a cooperation agreement signing ceremony at Sahinbey Municipality for the Livestock Project that will be conducted with the generous support of the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. On behalf of the Sahinbey Municipality, mayor Mehmet Tahmazoglu signed the agreement. The project aims to support 20 Syrian and 20 host community member households living in a rural area located in Şahinbey, Gaziantep.


IOM’s Pre-Employment Support Programme Mentioned as a Good Example by ETF

The Pre-Employment Support Programme for Syrians under Temporary Protection (SuTP) and Host Communities which was launched in Turkey in July 2018 by IOM, was mentioned as a good example by the European Training Foundation’s (ETF) report “Integrated provision of career and employment services for migrants and the host community” (as of page 68).