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Turkey Links

This page lists all links to information about migrants and refugees in Turkey that we collected so far.

Tell us what you know, comment below or contact us for any feedback.

Please don’t leave any personal contacts of anyone in here or in the comments

Turkey was considered as a transit country for immigrants and has hosted much mobility in history, it is now becoming a destination for international migrants.

A huge number exceeding 3 million refugees in Turkey by June 2017 resulted in an imbalanced distribution of help and facilities.  There is a big gap in the ratio of helping staff and asylum seekers, the structures are there but the numbers are challenging. The country is more accepting to offer a place to stay but not much to keep on staying and settling every coming asylum seeker.

01. General Nationwide Documents, Websites and Groups

Here you can find websites or exhaustive documents about migrants and refugees covering the whole country on multiple aspects like asylum, housing, education, healthcare and others.
Please comment if you had a positive or negative experience using this information.

DGMM Directorate General of Migration Management

Ministry of Migration official website with all official information.
https://www.goc.gov.tr – Turkish
https://www.goc.gov.tr – English
https://www.goc.gov.tr – German
https://www.goc.gov.tr – Persian
https://www.goc.gov.tr – Arabic

List of DGMM Service Units:
http://www.goc.gov.tr/icerik/service-units_916_1051 (English)

Data Update Appointment System for Syrians in Temporary Protection

This system is only used to make an appointment for verification of Syrian aliens under temporary protection with a foreign identity number.
https://e-randevu.goc.gov.tr/ (Turkish)
https://e-randevu.goc.gov.tr/ (Arabic)

Registration for Syrian Refugees in Turkey Videos

Videos in Arabic explaining the procedures for registration in Turkey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUDHbZnDcTw (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bUsxTRdgQc&t=46s (Part 2)

These are few websites having a basic summary of laws and systems related to asylum seekers.

On Temporary Protection (2016)
http://www.w2eu.info/turkey.en/articles/turkey-syrianrefugees.en.html

Very useful information booklets for asylum seekers and refugees in six languages. Legal Information Brochures for Asylum Seekers and Service Providers: Rights and Procedures under “International Protection”
in Turkish, English, Arabic, Farsi, French and Somali (2018?)
Refugee Rights Turkey

Refugee Solidarity Network
https://www.facebook.com/RefugeeSolidarityNetwork/ (Facebook page)
https://www.refugeesolidaritynetwork.org/

A detailed report on Urban refugees in Turkey, kind of help people gets from municipalities and suggestions to improve the system. (Published in January 2017)

General summary and some major laws regarding refugee laws in Turkey (English)
https://www.loc.gov/law/help/refugee-law/turkey.php

Facebook group for Iraqi Refugees in Turkey (since 2016)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/915953528517558/

Facebook group Refugees in Turkey (Arabic)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557116831169479/

UNHCR Turkey

Find out about your rights, obligations and the services available to you on the UNHCR website bellow

W2eu.info – Welcome to Europe

For freedom of movement: Independent information for refugees and migrants coming to Europe
http://www.w2eu.info/turkey.en.html (English)
http://www.w2eu.info/turkey.ar.html (Arabic)
http://www.w2eu.info/turkey.fa.html (Farsi)
http://www.w2eu.info/turkey.fr.html (French)

Rights in Exile Programme

List of pro bono legal assistance providers is a directory of organizations, lawyers, and others who are able to assist refugees free-of-charge in legal matters and help secure refugee rights. This list may also be of use to legal providers assembling and arguing cases elsewhere in the world for information on country of origin, case development, and other help.
http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/turkey-pro-bono-directory – All Languages in Google Translate

02. Organisations, Services – Who does What and Where

List below all organisations working in this Country that can be relevant to migrants and refugees, any clinic, for example, is relevant.

Please comment if you interacted with these organisations.

Syrian Refugees and NGOs in Turkey

Graphic Map of all Organizations supporting refugees in Turkey. Click on the Area/Town and you will the Organizations are working in there.
https://graphcommons.com/graphs/a5f158c2-9d58-4745-9fe5-97bc9d86dac4

Services Advisor in Turkey

Organizations providing assistance in Turkey by the kind of assistance
turkey.servicesadvisor.org/#/ – Arabic
turkey.servicesadvisor.org/#/ – English
turkey.servicesadvisor.org/#/ – Farsi
turkey.servicesadvisor.org/#/ – Kurdish (Kurmanji)
turkey.servicesadvisor.org/#/ – Persian
turkey.servicesadvisor.org/#/ – Turkish

(Who, What, Where, Contact)

UNHCR Representation in Turkey
Refugee help and protection
working on all Turkey
Enis Behic Koryurek Sokak No: 15/A, ]Aziziye Mahallesi, 06550 Cankaya, Ankara, 06550 Ankara, Turkey
+90 312 409 7300
turan@unhcr.org

SGDD- ASAM
Refugee and asylum case help and protection
working on all Turkey, in many cities throughout Turkey they are the only ones working on vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Aşağı Dikmen Mah. Galip ErdemCad. No:42 Çankaya, Ankara
+90 312 427 55 83 // +90 312 212 60 12
sgdd@sgdd.org.tr

CARITAS
Services in the fields of emergencies, health, education, social adjustment and employment.
working in Istanbul at least, more cities?
Harbiye Cayiri sok 64, Elmadağ 80230, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 23 44 564 // +90 212 23 31 193
caritas@caritas-tr.org

MAYA VAKFI
Assistance to schools for refugees and psychological support to refugees and asylum seekers especially children
working just in Istanbul?
Ebulula Mardin Cad., Akatlar Maya Sitesi M BlokAkatlar 34335, BEŞİKTAŞ – İSTANBUL, TÜRKİYE
+90 (212) 351 00 20
info@mayavakfi.org // volunteer@mayavakfi.org

IMPR Humanitarian
Operational Humanitarian projects
info@imprhumanitarian.org
+90 312 287 70 10
facebook.com/pg/imprhumanitarianaid

03. Asylum, Legal, Travel Documents, Passports, Identity Cards

Websites or documents about legal rights and procedures about migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in this country. Please feedback and comment

UNHRC Help Website

Here, refugees and asylum-seekers can find information to help them know more about their rights, obligations and the services available to them. Take a look around and discover what you need to know about your stay in Turkey, including where you can go to seek further assistance.
http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/ (English)
http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/ar/ (Arabic)
http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/tr/ (Turkey)
http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/fa/ (Farsi)

Refugee Rights Turkey – Very Useful information

Very useful information booklets for asylum seekers and refugees in six languages. Legal Information Brochures for Asylum Seekers and Service Providers: Rights and Procedures under “International Protection”
http://mhd.org.tr/en/activities/153-refugee-rights-turkey-website-has-been-renewed – in Turkish, English, Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, French, Somali and Russian
facebook.com/refugeerightsturkey fb

Mazlumder Genel Merkez
Legal Advice in Turkey
facebook.com/MAZLUMDERgenelmerkez/

Aida – Asylum Information Database Report
Mapping asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of protection in Europe
asylumineurope.org/reports/country/turkey

Advocates Abroad
Advocates Abroad provide legal aid and information to refugees and migrants in Turkey regarding their asylum options and rights.
https://advocatesabroad.org

HRDF – Human Resource Development Foundation
Offers psychological and social support to refugees in 7 cities across Turkey: Istanbul, Ankara, Eskişehir, Bilecik, Kütahya, Van, Ağrı
www.ikgv.org/index1_en.html

Refugee Rights Turkey

Provides both group and one-to-one counselling. Legal representation is also available.
https://www.mhd.org.tr/en/about

04. Housing, Homeless, Shelter, Accommodation, Lodging, Camps

Websites or documents about possible places and accommodation where people can live in this country.
Please comment and feedback on any experience you had using these services.

AFAD
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey helps accommodating refugees in tents, camps. It’s called AFAD.
Üniversiteler Mah. Dumlupınar Bulvarı No: 159 ( Eskişehir Yolu 9. Km ) Çankaya/ Ankara
https://www.afad.gov.tr/en/

Here is the list of contact numbers of relevant departments.
https://www.afad.gov.tr/en/2634/AFAD-Contact-List

Şefkat-Der
Istanbul place for homeless persons.
sefkatder.org
Facebook page

05. Healthcare, Medical, Hygiene

Websites or documents about healthcare rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in this country.
Please comment and feedback on any experience you had using these services.

Health Care Services
Video in Arabic explaining the procedures to health care services access in Turkey.
youtu.be/rERxMpSkW3A

New Born Registration
Video in Arabic explaining the procedures to newborn registration in Turkey
youtu.be/CZLNawxnjWc

DOCTORS WORLDWIDE TURKEY
They work in different cities.
Yeryuzu Doktorlari
+90-212 586 1212
Merkezefendi Mh. Dere Sk. Bina No: 10 Ek Bina No: 1 34015
(Yenikapı Mevlevihanesi yanı)
Zeytinburnu, İstanbul – TÜRKİYE

International AID Doctor organization
+90 212 533 10 13
aid.doctors@gmail.com
Derviş Ali Mahallesi, Fevzi Paşa Caddesi, Aktar Kerim Sokak No:21 (Edirnekapı, Opposite Mihrimah Sultan Mosque)
Fatih/İstanbul

06. Employment, Work, Permits

Frequently Asked Questions about Work Permit in Turkey

Work Permits
Video in Arabic explaining the procedures to get work permits in Turkey
youtu.be/Ow0pDOsyf4c

This is a job agency with branches all over Turkish cities to help find migrants job.
www.iskur.gov.tr/en – English
www.iskur.gov.tr/ – Turkish
If you want to find contact/ address of particular branch in a city try to use the Turkish version of the website
www.iskur.gov.tr/ozel-istihdam-burolari/acik-kapali-buro-listesi/

Syrian Forum
rizk.syrianforum.org/
– Arabic
On this website, they might find work in the whole of Turkey.

United Work

unitedwork.com.tr/about-us/
Acts as a recruitment service for Syrian refugees. Also provides pre-job training, such as soft-skill and CV/interview workshops.
This could be a helpful facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unitedwork.tr/

Turquoise Tassel
Knitting work for women only. The women can work from home as well if they want to! turquoisetassel.com/home
Instagram: instagram.com/turquoisetassel/

Gocmen kadinlar:
Work for women only. Knitting and handmade work.
Instagram: instagram.com/gocmenkadinlar/
Facebook: facebook.com/gocmenkadinlar/
This is a French association that is part of Istanbul and I, a french group of associations in Istanbul.

Yusra Community Center
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/polesolidariteistanbulaccueil/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/istanbulaccueil.polesolidarite
Knitting and work on sustainable development in Balat.
They help women and mothers getting their independence.
Even if they don’t know how to knit, they’ll learn there.
This association is effective and the women are very happy there.

EKIP
Only for women, association in which women are formed to run a small business in Tarlabaşı. In this case, it will be Syrian food, but probably more kinds of business are going to be developed.
ekiplatformu.com/ – Turkish
ekiplatformu.com/en – English
ekiplatformu.com/ar – Arabic
Facebook: facebook.com/ekiplatformu/

7. Education, Schooling, University, Enrolment

Right to Education
Video in Arabic explaining the procedures to education access in Turkey

School education is free for asylum seekers and refugees after they get their kimlik in Turkey. There is Turkish government scholarships for higher education of Syrian students.

UNHCR information on education for non-syrians https://help.unhcr.org/turkey/information-for-non-syrians/education/

Follow the link below:
https://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/en/ – English
https://turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/tr – Turkish

ISTANBUL:
The situation in Istanbul is pretty tragic, many schools are being created by society, in order to guarantee some education to the syrian kids.
These schools can’t give any certification at the end of the year because they don’t count as real schools.

IZMIR:
-TIAFI
ABC Service: The ABC Service provides additional support to Syrian and Turkish children in their school duties such as homework, exams, and projects.

08. Unaccompanied Minors, Young People, Children

We are still working on this section, please comment if you know something, contact us if you want any information.

09. LGBTQ+, Minorities

Links about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and any self-defined identities’ rights and their protection in this country.

KAOS GL

LGBT organization based on Ankara and the only one recognized as association in Turkey.

http://www.kaosgl.org/home.php

Verified last time on (date) as (write feedback from a client, or from yourself, about it)

SPOD

HIVI

10. Food, Clothes, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Emergency

Websites or documents about where to find food, clothes, tents and any kind of emergency stuff for destitute migrants and refugees in this country.

AFAD

The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency is the sole competent authority concerning disasters and emergencies, and works like an umbrella organization, collaborating with the Turkish General Staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Forests and Hydraulic Works and other relevant ministries as well as non-governmental organizations, depending on the nature and magnitude of the disaster or emergency.

https://www.facebook.com/afadbaskanlik/
http://www.afad.gov.tr/

Turkish Red Crescent

The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency is the sole competent authority concerning disasters and emergencies, and works like an umbrella organization, collaborating with the Turkish General Staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Forests and Hydraulic Works and other relevant ministries as well as non-governmental organizations, depending on the nature and magnitude of the disaster or emergency.

https://www.kizilay.org.tr/ (English)

https://www.kizilay.org.tr/Home/Index (Arabic)

https://www.kizilay.org.tr/Home/Index (Turkey)

https://www.facebook.com/TurkKizilayi.org

List of offices in Turkey:

https://www.kizilay.org.tr/Subeler

11. Others, Cash Transfer, Social Support, Care

An organization having a lot of branches all over Turkey.  They work for human rights using campaigns and media press releases.  They specially focus on refugee issues.

ESSN (KIZILAYKART-SUY) Financial Assistance Program March 2018

ESSN is open for applications for all foreigners living in Turkey under temporary or international protection. Hotline Phone Number (Free): 168

http://kizilaykart-suy.org/EN/index.html (English)

http://kizilaykart-suy.org/AR/basvuru0.html (Arabic)

http://kizilaykart-suy.org/FA/basvuru0.html (Farsi)

http://kizilaykart-suy.org/TR/basvuru0.html (Turkey)

https://www.facebook.com/Kizilaykart.SUY/ (Fb)

Phone Numbers and address (the lists of Turkish Red Crescent’s Service Centers and foundations to apply for ESSN and to get information):

http://kizilaykart-suy.org/EN/basvuru2.html (English)

Winter Cash Programme (CURRENTLY FINISHED)

This year’s UNHCR Winter Support Programme aims to help vulnerable refugee families to prepare for and get through the winter. Those eligible for assistance will receive a prepaid MasterCard ‘Pttkart’ from a PTT branch. The debit card will be loaded with an amount between TL 700 and TL 1000, proportional to the size of the family. It can be spent in any shop that accepts MasterCard as well as used to withdraw cash from any PTT branch or ATM machine.

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_en.aspx (English)

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_ar.aspx (Arabic)

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_fa.aspx (Farsi)

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_tr.aspx (Turkey)


The Association for Human Rights and Solidarity for the Oppressed – MAZLUMDER World

Address: Molla Gürani Mah. Şehit Pilot Mahmut Nedim Sk. No: 5 Kat: 5 Fatih / İSTANBUL

E-mail: world[a]mazlumder.org | Telephone: +90 (0212) 526 2440

http://world.mazlumder.org/en/main/pages/about-us-who-we-are/116
KARAM FOUNDATION

Sponsor families in Turkey (education for children and in a weakness situation). It is not possible for refugees/asylum seekers send a message by fb or website.

https://www.karamfoundation.org/sponsor-a-syrian-refugee-family
https://www.facebook.com/karamgives

Syrian Forum

The Syrian Forum works to empower the Syrian society at all levels. Working with local councils and civil society organizations in Syria has been an option for the Syrian Forum since its inception until today

http://www.syrianforum.org/ (arabic)

https://www.facebook.com/SyrianForum/ (arabic)

12a. Istanbul

Heart Workers

Websites or documents about this city . Ordinary people supporting mostly syrian refugees and families to cover the basics. Can help pay for rent, bills, food. We are a small group of people who express their solidarity with the refugees by:
* visiting the  slum they live in, usually every weekend (Solfasol/Haci Bayram Veli/Onder–Ankara)
* finding out their needs / recording new families
*paying for their bills or finding people who can do it instead of us (we send you a photo of the bill and you can pay online or in person in the PTT)
* bringing the people whatever they need and we can get hold of:
food, clothes, medication, school items, toys, household items. Sometimes we buy these with our own money, but more often people give them to us.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1600237750293848/about/

12b. Ankara

-ARM: ministry of Kurtulus Church
(Protestant, evangelical churches).
Website: http://ankara-refugees.com/
*distribute food boxes to 500 refugee families each week. one food box-> 1 week food for 3 ppl.
*clothing, blankets, hygiene kits, children’s coats and more.
*first aid room-> simple health services and basic medications.
*English language courses ; Turkish language course.
*art group, where women can gather together to process their experiences through making art.
*art opportunities for children during the food distribution as well.
*Jaraki Sewing Project, where we teach refugee women to make purses, tablet cases, messenger bags, etc. from old Turkish rugs. -> http://ankara-refugees.com/sewing-project/

Coffee Haus Coffee Roasters:
The cafe employs refugees and trains them in marketable business skills.

13a. Gaziantep

-ILO The ILO is responsible for the socio-economic stabilization of Syrian and host community women and girls. (UN AGENCY) cooperation with ASAM. https://www.ilo.org/ankara/projects/WCMS_644741/lang–en/index.htm
*mentoring/role model system for empowerment of women;
*resources for small scale income generation activities
*Providing market oriented vocational and technical training courses
*entrepreneurship courses for Syrian women

13b. Sanliurfa

-Haliliye Belediyesi
https://www.haliliye.bel.tr/ (Turkey)
https://www.facebook.com/haliliyebld/

13C. Izmir

TIAFI
https://tiafi.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Tiafi.org/
https://www.facebook.com/TIAFIinfo/

14. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are the main questions people are asking us. Please feel free to contact us for any other demand.

1. How to get Winter Assistance? CURRENTLY FINISHED

This year’s UNHCR Winter Support Programme aims to help vulnerable refugee families to prepare for and get through the winter. Those eligible for assistance will receive a prepaid MasterCard ‘Pttkart’ from a PTT branch. The debit card will be loaded with an amount between TL 700 and TL 1000, proportional to the size of the family. It can be spent in any shop that accepts MasterCard as well as used to withdraw cash from any PTT branch or ATM machine.

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_en.aspx (English)

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_ar.aspx (Arabic)

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_fa.aspx (Farsi)

http://wt.unhcr.org.tr/subpages/page_tr.aspx (Turkey)

2. How to register/get the KIMLINK number?

ASAM, a UNHCR implementing partner organization, registers asylum-seekers on behalf of UNHCR. When temporary protection is achieved, it is received an ID number called KIMLINK no in Turkey words. People needs to contact to UNHCR or SGDD-ASAM

Links for information in UNHCR Help website:

  • Welcome Page

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/ar/ (Arabic)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/fa/ (Farsi)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/tr/ (Turkish)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/ (English)

  • Registration with UNHCR

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/ar/information-for-non-syrians/reception-registration-and-rsd-with-unhcr/ (Arabic)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/fa/information-for-non-syrians/reception-registration-and-rsd-with-unhcr/ (Farsi)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/tr/information-for-non-syrians/reception-registration-and-rsd-with-unhcr/ (Turkish)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/information-for-non-syrians/reception-registration-and-rsd-with-unhcr/ (English)

  • Registration with Turkish Authorities (KIMLINK)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/ar/information-for-non-syrians/reception-and-registration-with-the-turkish-authorities/ (Arabic)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/fa/information-for-non-syrians/reception-and-registration-with-the-turkish-authorities/ (Farsi)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/tr/information-for-non-syrians/reception-and-registration-with-the-turkish-authorities/ (Turkish)

http://help.unhcr.org/turkey/information-for-non-syrians/reception-and-registration-with-the-turkish-authorities/ (English)

SGDD-ASAM:

https://www.facebook.com/asamsgdd/ (Facebook Page)

http://en.sgdd.info/?page_id=11 (List Of SGDD-ASAM OFFICE in Turkey)

UNHCR Turkey:

https://www.facebook.com/TURKEYUNHCR/ (Facebook Page)

http://www.unhcr.org/turkey.html (WebSite)

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