With 800,000 currently residing in Turkey, IRI provides information, social assistance and support for the growing communities of asylum seekers and refugees represented among the country's stateless peoples (presently in 30 different cities). Here’s how...
Our work is primarily to assist in helping asylum seekers and refugees to successfully transition to the Turkish society. Examples of how:
- An asylum seeking couple would like to get married. Accessing the Turkish legal system to learn the steps and documentation needed for them to become legally married.
- A woman, beaten by her husband, is provided a woman’s shelter for help.
- A man who is in the only refugee camp for psycho/social disorder needs counseling.
- A woman with 3 children needs to access medical services her 2-year-old daughter.
UNHCR case status is a large part of what we do. Examples:
- A single woman needs to provide more proof of her persecution in Iran. We are able to give counsel on how to obtain such documents for her file.
- A single man’s case has been closed for years. We were able to help him write an appeal letter and submit it to the UNHCR through proper channels.
- A pregnant woman needs an appointment at UNHCR health clinic and so it's made on her behalf.
- Individuals need updates on their refugee status and we are able to provide up-to-date status reports for them.
Engaging the community
- Conversation Clubs are held several times a week on varying levels.
- As food handouts are made monthly, translation of the language is needed.
- Logistical steps are provided to encourage sharing of needs among fellow refugees.
- Advocacy: Voicing concerns and needs to appropriate institutions
- Training: Education in Turkish law and asylum procedures
- Hit the Ground Running: Preparing refugees for relocation to receiving countries.