Promoting economic prospects for refugees and the host community in Turkey

Project description

Title: Promotion of Economic Prospects for Refugees and Host Community in Turkey (PEP)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Turkey
Lead executing agency: Vice President´s Office of the Republic of Turkey
Overall term: 2019 to 2023

PEP Programme COVID19 Support


In the last decade, millions of Syrians have been forcibly displaced from their homes and have lost their livelihoods due to the ongoing conflicts in Syria. There are currently more than 5.5 million Syrian refugees worldwide, rebuilding their lives inside host communities. Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world. Currently, there are more than 3.6 million Syrians granted temporary protection status in the country. 

The measures that have been implemented globally and locally since early 2020 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the livelihoods of a great many people. The restrictions on daily life have led to the closure of many businesses and generated a severe downturn in the living standards of many people in the workforce.

The programme is implementing a wide variety of measures in Turkey to improve the economic prospects of refugees and the host community. This fosters systemic and community resilience to national and global stress factors.


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

PEP Programme Employment


Our approach at PEP involves a series of measures such as providing vocational training and skills development, supporting decent employment measures in the private and municipal sectors, assisting entrepreneurs and start-ups, formalising unregistered businesses, developing the capacities of key business development service providers, and facilitating synergies between public and private sector stakeholders.  

By focusing on areas such as the green economy, public-private dialogue (PPD) structures and digital transformation, PEP aims to increase employability, protect and create employment, enhance public sector support systems, as well as improve the conditions for MSMEs and the business environment in urban and rural areas. To achieve its goals, PEP collaborates with local and international partners.

PEP is providing continued support to refugees and the host community within the context of COVID-19. The programme implements several measures to alleviate the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, such as providing short-term compensation for unemployment and suspended trainings, organising online trainings, supporting small businesses financially in terms of rent, social security and minimum salary, contributing to municipality-run soup kitchens and delivering inkind support for particularly vulnerable families. An additional activity is assisting in the production of masks and face shields.


As of December 2020, the PEP Programme is actively collaborating with more than 20 different implementing partners in more than 11 provinces of Turkey. So far, 19 different projects have been carried out with a variety of partners including ministries, chambers, and various local and international NGOs. Some of the goals we have achieved to date are:

More than 5,000 individuals and their families have directly benefitted from the PEP activities.

The overall participation rate for women is 46 per cent.

More than 1,700 beneficiaries have been employed.

Around 3,000 beneficiaries have completed a course of vocational training.

More than 490 companies are in the process of registration.

33 start-ups have been supported.

More than 1,700 participants have received a salary in line with national standards and including social security insurance.

Around 900 work permits have been issued to Syrians.

Around 2,200 beneficiaries have improved their Turkish language skills.

More than 120 social cohesion activities have been organised to improve connectedness and solidarity between Turkish citizens and Syrians.

Last update: Dezember 2020

PEP Programme Vocational Training