The Turkey Refugee Response Initiative

The Turkey Refugee Response Initiative (TRRI) is a multi-phased endeavor aimed at exploring the role of local government, civil society organizations, and international nongovernmental agencies in serving Turkey’s refugee communities, particularly in the realms of access to livelihoods and overall social cohesion. Throughout 2020, we have conducted a series of consultations with local civil society leaders, municipalities, academics, and international development workers to map out the challenges/opportunities and best practices in refugee assistance, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the course of the next few weeks and months we will share our findings in a series of briefs, reports, and online events.

The ultimate aims of the TRRI are to amplify the voices of frontline workers, draw attention to the needs of civil society organizations, and to promote both domestic and international cooperation among all those working to improve the lives of refugees living in Turkey.

Source: Ali Sekeroglu


Report • July 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout have exerted disproportionate effects on vulnerable populations across the globe. Hosting around 4 million refugees, more than any other country, Turkey has proven uniquely susceptible to the difficulties posed by the pandemic. Throughout this period, local civil society organizations have shown remarkable adaptability and creativity in serving Turkey’s refugee communities under these difficult conditions.

Blog Post • May 2020

The lethal shooting of 18-year-old Syrian refugee Ali El Hemdan could work to demoralize Turkey’s 3.6 million Syrian refugees as they grapple with increased hardship amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Webinar • August 2020

Within the scope of the Turkey Refugee Response Initiative, this conversation with members from Turkish civil society organizations follows up on HasNa’s recently released report, exploring how COVID-19 has affected refugees across the country, what some organizations have done to protect them, and what normalization means for the future of Turkey’s humanitarian and harmonization efforts.

Webinar • April 2020

During this online event we spoke with Metin Çorabatır, President of the Research Center on Asylum and Migration (IGAM), about the effects of coronavirus on Turkey’s refugee and asylum seeker communities as well as the humanitarian aid workers and peacebuilders who serve them.