The Syrian refugee crisis in Türkiye. What are we missing? Episode 2
Türkiye hosts around 3.6 million Syrian refugees. They face many challenges, exacerbated by powerful 2023 earthquakes. What is the situation today? What support is needed? And what might the future hold?
The world’s attention is limited. Today’s burning emergency becomes tomorrow’s forgotten crisis. When the media spotlight moves on, vital issues in development and humanitarian response risk being forgotten. In this podcast miniseries, Development Initiatives’ (DI’s) CEO Adrian Lovett speaks with people with deep expertise to take us beyond the headlines and explore the missing issues, missing voices and missing data as we ask: What are we missing?
In this episode, we turn our attention to the situation facing Syrian refugees in Türkiye. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, since the outbreak of war in 2011, over 14 million Syrians have had to flee their homes in search of safety. More than 6.8 million people have been forced to move within Syria, and millions more have made perilous journeys to leave the country as refugees, mostly travelling to Türkiye, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Türkiye hosts the largest refugee population in the world, including around 3.6 million Syrians. Most observers recognise that the Turkish people have welcomed these refugees and provided significant support. But still, Syrian refugees in Türkiye face many challenges, which were further exacerbated by powerful earthquakes that struck the region in February 2023, killing thousands of people.
So, what are we missing about Syria’s refugee crisis? What is the situation today? What support is needed? And what might the future hold?
Our guests are:
- Sema Genel Karaosmanoğlu, Executive Director at Support to Life
- Muhammed Adil, Partnerships Coordinator at the Bonyan Organization
For more on some of the issues covered in this episode, read
Overlooked and undervalued: tracking funding to refugee-led organisations
Refugee-led organisations play a key but overlooked role in humanitarian action. How can new insights on their funding drive inclusive changes to enhance transparency, funding and advocacy?
Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2023
The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2023 assesses the international financing response to crisis. Development Initiatives finds that more needs went unmet in 2022 than ever before.
Funding to local actors: evidence from the Syrian refugee response in Türkiye
Türkiye hosts almost 4 million Syrian refugees. In this report, DI and TMK seek to fill the gap in data on funding flows to the local and national actors critical to the response.