Project update

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).


Training on Counter Smuggling was conducted to Strengthen the Capacities of Customs Agencies

IOM conducted an online joint training on Counter-Smuggling under the framework of the European Union and Turkey funded ‘’Regional Cooperation on Border Management with Greece and Bulgaria Phase 2” Project with the participation of 20 officials working in the field of border management in Turkey, Bulgaria, and other stakeholders on the 20-22 January 2021 via Zoom application.


Adana Migrant Coordination and Harmonization Center Continues to Work Through Online Channels

Funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration, the Adana Migrant Coordination, and Harmonization Center continues to support migrants and refugees through online channels. Between 22 and 24 December, IOM Turkey teams organized a variety of workshops, such as access to health care facilities during the COVID19 pandemic, distance education and EBA, and access to the labour market in Turkey. 


Supporting DGMM Efforts in Enhancing the Capacity of Removal Centres

IOM in cooperation with DGMM and with support of the British Embassy organized online training for interpreters who started working at the removal centres within the scope of the "Supporting Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) Efforts in Enhancing the Capacity of Removal Centres (RC) within the Framework of International Human Rights Standards Phase-II".


Operational Aspects of Passenger Controls and Risk Training

IOM conducted an online meeting with Customs Enforcement Officers operating at Ankara Esenboga Airport, Istanbul Airport, and Antalya Airport on the 26th, 30th October, and 2nd November 2020 about passenger controls at the pilot airports. The meeting was aiming to discuss the content of the training curriculum and materials. The online meetings are aiming to improve passenger customs control procedures for domestic and international arrivals and departures procedures as well and on risk analysis and behavioral analysis in passenger controls.


Soup Kitchen Project aims to strengthen social cohesion among host & refugee communities

IOM Turkey in partnership with World Food Programme, GIZ and seven local municipalities is working together to strengthen the capacity of soup kitchens. This project has been implemented with support of the German Government, the Government of Ireland, and the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM). The project operates in  Adana, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Kilis and Sanliurfa provinces.