Ongoing Projects

Preventing, Identifying and Combating Trafficking in Persons in Turkey (P-TIP Turkey)

Objective: The overall purpose of this project is to enhance the capacity of relevant Turkish anti-trafficking stakeholders and in particular the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), to fight all forms of the crime of trafficking in persons (TIP) according to a four Ps approach: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.

Summary: The strategic objective of the P-TIP project is to combat all forms of trafficking in persons, whether national or transnational. The project aims to prevent trafficking in persons and increase protection of potential and actual victims of trafficking. In addition, this project aims to support the development of partnerships among state agencies and non-governmental organizations to enhance a more comprehensive anti-TIP response, according to the 4Ps approach. It will also contribute substantially to raise the awareness on all forms of trafficking in persons in Turkey.

The project has two main components: Component 1 focuses on ‘Strengthening Institutional Framework and Targeted Capacity Building’. The expected results are to increase the capacities of the relevant anti-trafficking stakeholders in identification, referral, protection and prosecution of TIP victims as well as to further improve the institutional framework and multi-agency cooperation for a comprehensive anti-trafficking response in Turkey. Component 2 is on ‘Awareness Raising of all forms of TIP in Turkey’. The expected results include increasing the level of awareness with regards to all forms of trafficking among the targeted population and general public.

Donor:  British Embassy, Ankara

Implementing Agency: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in cooperation with the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM)

Duration: First Phase: 15 May 2017 – 31 March 2018; Second Phase: 1 April 2018-30 September 2018

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Özge Hassa

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Supporting Migration Policy Development in Turkey (MIND)

Objective: To contribute to the establishment of a comprehensive and sustainable migration policy framework in Turkey taking into account good practices applied in EU Member States (EU MS) and other countries.

Summary: The project aims to support the Turkish Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management in developing evidence based migration policy with increased inter-institutional cooperation and knowledge about regional and global standards. Migration policy development processes from European countries are studied and a comparative report drafted for reference, while the DGMM experts are introduced to regional dialogues in order for the Ministry of Interior to effectively use these as platforms to learn best practices and engage with sending, transit and receiving states, while imparting the notable experience gained by Turkey in migration management over the last decade. In addition, a pilot process on migration policy development is undertaken, involving applied trainings on data collection, analysis, development of alternative policy scenarios and their impact forecasts, as well as the development of Monitoring and Evaluation benchmarks for the scenarios chosen. MIND also has a large awareness-raising component, which will produce a Roadmap for all of DGMMs communication activities, as well as 7 separate meetings with a total of 1400 persons, 700 of whom will be from the migrant and refugee communities. The meetings will enable DGMM officials to explain migration policies through various methods and themes, while receiving feedback from migrants and refugees.

Donors: Co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Main Beneficiary: Directorate General of Migration Management

Duration: April 2017 – April 2019

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Hakkı Onur Arıner

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Support the Implementation of Development-sensitive Migration Policies in Turkey (SIDEM )

Objective: SIDEM aims to contribute to the establishment of an integrated, long-term, development-sensitive and sustainable migration policy framework taking into account Turkey’s socio-economic and human development context. The Project specifically aims to 1) increase the institutional knowledge regarding the impact of migration on geographical regions in Turkey to formulate strategic policy directions; 2) to increase the institutional capacities and inter-agency cooperation at central level to design and implement integrated, evidence-based and development-sensitive migration policies; and 3) to increase the institutional capacities and inter-agency cooperation at regional level to design and implement targeted programmes that promote the labour market integration of international migrants, including those with protection status in Turkey. 

Donor: Swiss Federation, State Secretariat for Migration 

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Duration: Mai 2017 - Mai  2019

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Sezin ÜSKENT

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Supporting the Asylum Decision Making Capacity of Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (ASCAP II)

Objective:To strengthen the international protection status determination procedures of the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) in relation to the institutional setup, quality of decisions, establishment of special procedures and collection and use of country of origin information with a view to enabling smooth processing of the existing backlog and responding to the new asylum claims.

Summary: The establishment of sustainable and effective asylum procedures in line with international refugee law is essential for properly addressing international protection needs in the largest host country in the world. Therefore, refugee status determination, especially drafting of status decisions, researching and compiling COI and supporting the structural changes through strengthening evidence base with a view to ensure informed policy and decision making constitute the main focus of the project. The project aims to support DGMM in these areas through 3 components. The project components focus on capacity building through workshops, conferences and study visits to facilitate peer to peer exchange of information between DGMM experts and their EU counterparts, strengthening the evidence base for policy making through research activities on and analysis of the practices, developments and experiences in Europe and in the region, and technical assistance and backstopping, respectively. The specific thematic areas covered by the project include refugee status determination system structures, country of origin information mechanisms, country of origin information research, special asylum procedures and legal procedures.

Donor: United Kingdom

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Duration: 1st phase: May 2017 – March 2018; 2nd phase: April – September 2018

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Yigit Kader 

 

Strengthening the operational and strategic capacity of Directorate General of Migration Management of Turkey (DGMM III)

Objective: To strengthen the operational and strategic capacity of the Directorate General for Migration Management of Turkey (DGMM) and to provide further support to the DGMM in enhancing capacities for developing strategies and operational procedures in selected migration areas. 

Summary: Building upon the outcomes of the previous projects, DGMM III project envisages strengthening the capacities of DGMM in the areas of legal migration, irregular migration, return and readmission, as well as in strengthening regional cooperation capacity.  

The main components and objectives of the DGMM III project are: 

To strengthen capacity of DGMM in the field of legal migration (Component I),  
To ensure support to DGMM in the establishment of a national assisted voluntary return  mechanism (Component II),
To enhance operational capacity and procedures in the field of return and readmission (Component III), 
To ensure support to DGMM in selective strategic and operational migration areas (Component IV).

The DGMMIII project, under Component I, envisages the development of a legal migration strategy for DGMM, whereby the main output will be a Strategy Paper on Legal Migration. Under Component II, the project aims at establishing a national Assisted Voluntary Return Mechanism in Turkey. Under Component III, the project focuses on strengthening capacity in the area of forced return and readmission, while Component IV strives to enhance the capacity of DGMM for elaborating regional cooperation strategies. 

The beneficiary of the DGMM III project is the Directorate-General for Migration Management of Turkey and its different Departments and Working Groups under each Department, among which the Foreigners Department, the Support Services Department as well as the External Relations Department. 

Donor: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Main Beneficiary: Directorate General of Migration Management

Duration: First Phase: 15 May 2017–31 March 2018; Second Phase: 1 April 2018–30 September 2018

Country: Turkey

Project Manager: Semra Özgür 

 

Strengthening Migration Management Authorities in Kosovo* (MIMAK II)

Objective: The project constitutes a comprehensive effort to capacitate Government Authorities in migration management, to strengthen related inter-institutional mechanisms to further evidence-based migration and migration-related policies, and to inform the population on the benefits of regular migration and consequences of irregular migration.

Summary: Kosovo’s migration management structures are coordinated by a National Coordinator on Migration (NCM) and the Government has established the Government Authority on Migration (GAM) as an inter-institutional body for migration management in 2013. In order to support the strengthening of these migration management bodies, the expected outcomes of the MIMAK are:

  • National Coordinator on Migration (NCM) steers migration policy development and facilitates policy implementation and monitoring;
  • The Government Authority on Migration (GAM) applies standardised data collection and analysis practices, grounded on WOGA principles, to draft evidence-based policy recommendations;
  • Population is informed on the benefits of regular migration and consequences of irregular migration.

Activities carried out under the project include improving the legal framework and structures of migration management authorities and define functions to strengthen the role of the NCM, the cooperation with GAM as well as the functioning and work of GAM. 

GAM is also supported with tailor-made trainings on migration related topics and statistical programmes on data collection and analysis and assistance to improve the quality of analyses for the development of migration profiles and policies.

Further activities include supporting GAM in interlinking relevant government databases in Kosovo for setting up a migration related IT infrastructure as well as facilitating a migration survey.

GAM and NCM will be also assisted to develop and implement awareness-raising campaigns that discourage irregular migration and safeguard regular migration and mobility.

Donor: Swiss State Secretariat for Migration

Implementing Agency: ICMPD in partnership with Maastricht University 

Duration: July 2017 – December 2018

Country: Kosovo

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.