Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Turkey. As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
w2eu.info - Welcome to Europe
Email: contactw2eu [dot] info or w2eu_infoyahoo [dot] com
This hyperlink -w2eu.info - leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries.
Refugee Rights Turkey (Mülteci Hakları Merkezi)
Refugee Rights Turkey / RRT is an independent NGO based in Istanbul, formerly known as ‘Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Turkey – Refugee Advocacy and Support Program’ (HCA-RASP).RRT provides:
- specialized legal information and assistance services to asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants,
- organizes trainings and generates reference materials for lawyers and NGO workers,
- and advocates for improvements in Turkey’s legislation and policy concerning the legal protection of refugees and migrants in line with international standards.
From 2005 to 2015, the organization existed by the name of ‘Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Refugee Advocacy and Support Program’ (HCA-RASP). As of March 2015 it was formally transitioned into a new organizational framework and rebranded Refugee Rights Turkey. It remains a leading civil society voice on refugee and migrant protection issues in Turkey and internationally.RRT extends legal counselling and assistance services and carries out litigation interventions representing all nationalities of protection seekers all across Turkey, both Syrians and non-Syrians. RRT’s legal aid work is entirely independent from Turkish Government agencies and other decision makers including UNHCR; informed by the framework legal rules and principles laid down by relevant domestic, European and international human rights and refugee standards, and is strictly committed to respecting and protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all information presented by asylum seeker beneficiaries.RRT’s specialized legal counselling and assistance services and interventions for asylum seekers address legal questions and problems in relation to:
Turkish Government procedures applicable to refugees from Syria subject to Turkey’s “temporary protection” regime
Turkish Government procedures applicable to other nationalities of asylum seekers processed within the framework of the Government’s “international protection procedure”
UNHCR Turkey refugee status determination (RSD) proceedings
Detention and deportation cases involving arbitrary deprivation of liberty, problems in registering an asylum application and risk of refoulement
Access to basic rights and services problems
Identification and legal protection of particularly vulnerably categories of asylum seekers, including unaccompanied minors and persons affected by/at risk of gender-based violence
Other complex issues of a legal nature and protection problems encountered by asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants
Please see also the essential legal aid guidelines issued by Refugee Rights Turkey.
Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants
- Developing solutions to the challenges that refugees and asylum seekers encounter in Turkey and supporting them in meeting their basic and social needs and accessing rights through advocacy and mobilising local and national resources
- Raising public awareness on the issue by disseminating accurate information through conferences, meetings and panels,
- Building peace between host community and refugees by organising cultural and social activities,
- Interpreting relevant statistics and providing guidance to public authorities and NGOs on the latest migration trends to/in Turkey,
- Contributing to academic research on the issue.
What we do?
- Registrating asylum seekers (non-Syrians) on behalf of the UNHCR Turkey Office,
- Informing new arrivals about their rights and obligations in Turkey,
- Protecting asylum seekers and refugees in over 40 provinces through field offices,
- Provision of psycho-social and legal counselling for refugees and asylum seekers,
- Assisting asylum seekers and refugees with accessing their rights (health, education, etc.),
- Preparing booklets for different satellite cities to help refugees integrate to the socio-economic life,
- Providing assistance (shelter, financial resources, etc.) for the most vulnerable cases by mobilising various resources,
- Organising social and peace-building activities,
- Contribution to the law-making procedures.
Mülteci-Der / Mültecilerle Dayanışma Derneği (Association for Solidarity with Refugees)
- Provides legal counselling and assistance to those in need of international protection in detention or in risk of deportation regarding access to asylum, access to basic rights, cases of non-refoulement, cases of readmission, migration related child detention and detention of vulnerable groups;
- Provides legal counselling and assistance for problems faced during the asylum procedures before the UNHCR and the Turkish authorities;
- Provides psychosocial counselling and assistance for basic needs when possible and directs those who need basic or specialised support to the related organisations and specialists.
- Carries out monitoring, research and reporting activities on access to rights and conditions in detention places; on access to the services for basic needs such as health, education, shelter, food and clothing in satellite cities where refugees and asylum seekers are requested to reside.
- Advocates and lobbies activities directed to national, local as well as international bodies to improve the legal framework, policies and practices of refugee and migrant rights;
- Tries to mobilise the attention of all related authorities to intervene about inhuman, degrading behaviours and conditions and abuses.
- Conducts raising awareness activities, trainings, production of written and visual materials for refugee and migrants rights addressing to NGOs, lawyers, activists, universities, media, local and national authorities and the general public.
- Encourages and participates in networks and platforms to promote refugee/migrant rights.
SOHRAM - CASA
Rehabilitation and Adaptation Center for Victims of Violence and Migration
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
- Refugees in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. They can help individuals gather documents and present their refugee claim prior to IOM or USCIS interviews. If they are denied, they can review to see if they can assist with a Request for Review, including written counseling for individuals with security-related reasons ("other") denials.
- Iraqis with U.S. employment or U.S. family affiliations. They help Iraqis apply to the Direct Access Program (DAP) administered by IOM. Their volunteers help locate employment verification. Additionally, they can coordinate with US relatives of Iraqis who may be able to file family-based immigration petitions for DAP.
- Afghans or Iraqis with U.S. employment applying for Special Immigrant Visa programs. They assist Afghans and Iraqis with all stages of the SIV process, including locating former US supervisors and preparing application documents.
- UNHCR Assistance. For exceptionally vulnerable cases, and in cooperation with local UNHCR offices, they can refer a case to UNHCR to request protection services. The decision regarding any follow-up ultimately rests with UNHCR.
To contact them, send an email with your full name, telephone number, email address and a brief description of your need for legal services in English or Arabic to inforefugeerights [dot] org. They are not able to assist everyone who contacts them, and emailing them does not create an attorney-client relationship.
- Promoting the analysis and development of a common and complete understanding of European asylum law
- Promoting the cooperation among NGOs, both domestic and International ones, with a focus on South-Eastern Mediterranean area.
- To improve migrants' conditions and to create a better comprehension on the subject, the HRAA promotes technical and informative workshops, providing data and legal opinions on the latest legal developments.
Helsinki Citizens' Assembly - Turkey
Address: Dr. Refik Saydam Cad. Dilber Apt. No: 39 Daire: 12 Kat: 4 Şişhane, Beyoğlu - İstanbul
Tel: +90 212 292 68 42 - 43
Fax: +90 0 212 292 68 44
Email: iletisimhyd [dot] org [dot] tr
The Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly is a non-governmental organization based in Istanbul, Turkey, promoting fundamental rights and liberties, democracy and pluralism.
- ensuring the legal protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants in Turkey;
- monitoring state policies and practice in the area of asylum and irregular migration control;
- advocating for legislation and policies in line with international standards; and
- encouraging public awareness and local ownership.
LGBTI ORGANISATIONS IN TURKEY
Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity (Kaos GL) Association
Address: GMK Bulvarı 29/12 Kızılay Ankara
Telephone: +90 312 230 0358
Email: refugeekaosgl [dot] org
Contact: Hayriye Kara
Kaos GL is providing legal and social assistance to LGBT refugees since 2007. Kaos GL conducts refugee activities in the context of human rights monitoring, reporting and legal support. This support is given as social and legal activities to LGBT individuals who are coming to Turkey as a transit country. Within the scope of this program, Kaos GL provides legal assistance in cooperation with UNHCR and DGMM (General Directorate of Migration Management), within the advocacy work Kaos GL communicates and cooperates with NGOs, national and international institutions which are working in the field of immigration and human rights.