Promoting economic prospects for refugees and the host community in Turkey

Project description

Title: Promotion of Economic Prospects for Refugees and the Host Community in Turkey
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Country: Turkey
Lead executing agency: Turkish Vice President’s Office
Overall term: 2019 to 2024



In the last decade, more than 5.5 million people have been forcibly displaced from Syria by ongoing conflicts. More than 3.7 million Syrians are currently living in Turkey with temporary protection status.

This presents a major challenge for the host community in Turkey. High inflation and the fall in the value of the Turkish currency have further exacerbated the existing poverty and food insecurity experienced by refugee households and the host communities.


Employment prospects for refugees and members of the Turkish host community are improved.


The project works with public and private-sector stakeholders and non-governmental organisations to enhance economic prospects in the host community. It is active in four fields:


  1. It supports language courses, job training and employment measures. In the latter case, participants are mainly employed for up to six months in the public sector or private companies.
  2. The project facilitates the registration of informal businesses and supports micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises and self-employed individuals, for example start-ups and cooperatives. Needs-based advisory services in the areas of green transformation, digitalisation and exports make companies more competitive.
  3. The project supports chambers of industry and commerce, with the aim of offering market-oriented services. To this end, it provides digital training formats and information sites about the governmental support that is available and about boosting foreign trade; it also holds public-private dialogue events.
  4. Across the whole range of measures, the project enhances social cohesion and provides targeted support for women.

Last update: September 2022

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