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Turkey: Urgent Protection and Resilience Programme – Phase VII– TUR913

Turkey continues to host the world’s largest refugee population. As of December 2021, there are 3,736,799 refugees seeking international protection. Almost all are Syrians, and the majority are living in urban settings – only 1% of these are in camps. As the refugee crisis enters its eleventh year, the Government of Turkey (GoT), the UN system, and local and international actors are struggling to address the protracted needs of families trying to build their lives in Turkey’s major hosting cities, whilst also responding to the heightened emergency as refugees continue to flow into the country. Services remain overstretched, competition for work is higher than ever, and anti-refugee sentiment continues to rise. Context factors – including COVID-19 and the economic downturn – continue to drive economic and social pressures at national, community and household level further exacerbating vulnerabilities.

Overall Objective

To strengthen the protection of vulnerable refugees and to promote their integration into government systems.

Specific Objective

To strengthen the capacities of marginalized refugee women, men, girls, and boys in Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Adana to identify, prevent, mitigate, and recover from the consequences of protection risks related to age, gender, disability and diversity.

Expected Results

1) Vulnerable, at-risk refugee women, men, girls, and boys have access to tailored information that helps them identify, prevent, and mitigate protection risks.

2) Vulnerable refugee women, men, girls, and boys have access to tailored services and assistance that help them mitigate and recover from protection concerns that directly affect them.

3) Protection actors collaborate to engage in research and action-based studies and coordinate for strong evidence-based advocacy.

Main Activities
  • Protection information provision through Information Protection Spaces, Protection Outreach teams and Community Activators
  • Implementation of sports-for-protection activities
  • Facilitation of Young Women’s Empowerment Clubs
  • Establish and engage Community Steering Committees
  • Refine and promote Case Management methodology for child protection cases
  • Protection service provision through the Protection Helpline
  • Provision of client-focused Case Management
  • Provision of Individual Protection Assistance
  • Provision of one-to-one legal counselling sessions for individuals, and legal assistance to individuals – drafting petitions, accompaniment to courts, and case follow-up.
  • Provide legal referral services – writing referral petitions to and follow up with the Bar Associations and Legal Clinics for the provision of legal aid services.
  • Provide financial assistance to support in legal services such as translation and notary fees as well as court expenses.
  • Conduct Post Activity Monitoring for cases where legal services are provided.
  • Development of a learning agenda through a participatory multi-stakeholder process.
  • Conduct one research study in collaboration with a specialized local institution.
  • Disseminate the recommendations of the research and lead on coordinated advocacy at local, regional, national, international, EU, UNHCR level.

Turkey: Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Adana


17,000 beneficiaries


01.10.2022 – 30.09.2023

Total Budget

€ 3,350,000


This project is funded by the European Union.

This project contributes to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):