Project update

The Social Cohesion Centre Greets its First Visitors

Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Vahap Seçer officially visited the newly opened IOM & Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Social Cohesion Centre to honour World Refugee Day on 20th June. During the meeting, Mayor Seçer was provided with detailed information by the IOM Project Field Coordinator and Municipality partners about the Centre's role, goals, activities, and services. The Mayor emphasized the importance of the partnership with the IOM Turkey to strengthen the social cohesion among the host and migrant communities.


The interviews started for the third phase of the SME Empowerment and Support Programme

The programme “Let’s Grow this Business” which is funded by the European Union (EU) and jointly carried by IOM, Turkey’s Directorate General of International Labour Force (DGILF) and International Labour Organization (ILO) continues to support the Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME) in Turkey.  

As a result of the programme’s third phase interviews, financial and consultancy support will be given to 50 SMEs. 76 out of 508 SMEs were called for the interviews and the interviews will continue until 25 June 2021.


Developing Skills Together to Make Business Ideas Real

Under its entrepreneurship training and grants project, IOM is working to build business skills among young people helping make their business ideas a reality. For the latest cohort, teams attended training programme through Learning Management System (LMS) and Virtual Classes. In this way, over 400 participants with tech-based or innovative business ideas benefitted from the trainings in subjects such as financial planning, marketing and business model validation.


IOM Turkey and DGILF support migrant worker services

A meeting was held with the IOM secondees and officials working at the migrant services and community centres of Ankara, Adana, Gaziantep, Mersin and Şanlıurfa Municipalities. 

IOM Turkey Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) Unit and Turkey’s Directorate General of International Labour Force (DGILF) officials also attended the online meeting which was held on April 27, 2021, within the framework of the “Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): Facilitating Legal Pathways for the International Labour Force in Turkey” project.


Turkey's First Standalone Project on Alternatives to Immigration Detention was Finalized

Representatives from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) and International Organization for Migration (IOM), gathered virtually on the 4th of May 2021 to launch the closing meeting of the “Supporting Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) to Develop Alternatives to Immigration Detention (ATDs) System in Turkey” Project. Being the first standalone project on ATDs in Turkey, the Project has aimed to support DGMM in establishing and implementing an effective ATD program in Turkey.


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.