Promoting the integration of Syrian refugees into host communities in Turkey

Project description

Title: Turkish-German exchange project on the integration of Syrian refugees into host communities
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Turkey
Lead executing agency: Vice Presidency Office of the Republic of Turkey 
Overall term: 2017 to 2022

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The ongoing conflict in Syria has caused the displacement of six million people within the country itself and driven a further 4.8 million Syrians to seek refuge in other countries in the region. Turkey and Germany have played leading roles in responding to the stream of refugees. Under its international protection system, Turkey is host to over 3.6 million Syrians and to a further 400,000 people of other nationalities. Germany itself has received around 1.5 million refugees and asylum seekers since 2015. 

Turkey has made tremendous efforts to take care of the influx of people since the onset of the crisis. The government has shifted its efforts from emergency response to initiatives aimed at improving service provisions and integration opportunities, while adapting the respective legal framework. Despite these efforts, responding to the needs of such a high number of people remains one of the biggest challenges. 


Government institutions are in a better position to provide services to Syrian refugees and their host communities.

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The project is establishing an institutionalised exchange on the integration of refugees between Turkey and Germany. It is part of the Support to Refugees and Host Communities (SRHC) cluster and follows a cross-sectoral approach. In this context, it provides demand-driven technical assistance for government institutions. In addition, the project aims to strengthen exchange on the integration of refugees between government actors within Turkey. A particular emphasis is placed here on the gender-sensitive integration of refugees into the public service system.

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  • Together with Turkish ministries, the project has developed strategies and measures to effectively provide public services for refugees. These include migration management, labour force integration, voluntary work and training for refugees.
  • The exchange project strengthens partnerships between Turkish and German ministries and authorities dealing with refugee and migration management.
  • The project designs training courses in line with the individual requirements of partners in order to develop their institutional capacities and human resources. 

Latest update: October 2020