Read more about our work with Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Due to its geographic location and relative stability, Turkey has increasingly become a safe haven for asylum seekers fleeing war, repression and persecution in their countries of origin. Refugee and asylum-seeking populations in Turkey present complex protection, health, and social needs, which, if left unaddressed, can exacerbate the isolation and hopelessness, fragmentation of social and familial ties, and marginalization from host communities that displaced populations often experience.
International Medical Corps aims to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable refugee populations in urban areas of Turkey. We provide access to primary health, mental health and psychological support, social, legal, and education services for refugees, while strengthening the capacities of local organizations.
Syrian refugees continue to arrive in Turkey on a daily basis. Turkey now hosts the most refugees in the world with more than 1.8 million registered refugees.
International Medical Corps had a well-established presence supporting refugees in Turkey before the Syrian crisis began. In 2012, we became one of the first international humanitarian organizations which successfully registered with the Government of Turkey and immediately began implementing response programs. Our first activities in Turkey catered to the needs of the largely Iranian refugee and asylum-seeking populations living in two Turkish cities, Kayseri and Nevşehir using a community-based Multi-Service Center (MSC) model to address the needs of the refugees. In 2013, we started a program supporting Iraqi and Afghan refugees and asylum-seekers in northern Turkey.
Currently, International Medical Corps supports vulnerable refugees through Multi Service Centers (MSC) operational in Istanbul, Sakarya, and Gaziantep. The MSC established in January 2014 continues supporting the Syrian population in Istanbul and is still the only substantial program addressing the needs of Syrian refugees in the city. International Medical Corps teams partners with local NGOs to train staff to provide optimal services at the dedicated MSCs in targeted cities. In the past year, more than 85,000 legal/social/health consultations and other services have been provided to beneficiaries in Gaziantep, Istanbul, Sakarya, Yalova, Kayseri, and Nevşehir through the MSC model. Additionally, we have established Child Friendly Spaces and nutrition related activities for urban Syrian refugees.
International Medical Corps established the Emergency Response Team (ERT) in Antakya, southern Turkey in 2012 to address the growing needs of conflict-affected Syrians in Turkey. Response encompasses a holistic and integrated response including health, physical rehabilitation, nutrition, protection, gender-based violence (GBV) services, mental health, psychosocial support, and non-food item (NFI) distribution. Currently, we are the only service provider in Turkey offering comprehensive Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) care, including psychiatric services and support for GBV survivors.
*International Medical Corps Turkey has implemented programs in: Gaziantep, Istanbul, Kayseri, Mercin, Kilis, Nevşehir, Nizip, Sakarya, Sanliurfa, Hatay and Yalova.